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PML-N leaders get bail in Punjab Assembly riots case

The court approved their bail until September 14 against a surety bond of Rs50,000 each.

A session court in Lahore has granted bail to nine PML-N leaders in a case related to rioting in the Punjab Assembly. Earlier, PTI backed Punjab government decided to arrest 12 PML-N leaders, including SAPM Attaullah Tarar in a case related to the ruckus created by them in the Punjab Assembly.

According to the details, nine PML-N lawmakers appeared before the session court today. The lawmakers included Rana Mashood, Saif ul Maloook, Rukhsana Kausar, Mirza Javed, and Awais Leghari. The court approved their bail until September 14 against a surety bond of Rs50,000 each.

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Pertinent to mention, in April during the Punjab Chief Minister election, PTI, PML-Q, and PML-N leaders created a ruckus in the PA. PML-N leader Attaullah Tarar, who was the home minister during the three-month stint of the PML-N government in Punjab, had spearheaded the registration of cases against the PTI and PML-Q lawmakers for their alleged involvement in hooliganism in the Punjab Assembly.

Now with PTI and PML-Q governing Punjab, it is time for PML-N lawmakers to be answerable for the ruckus created in the Punjab Assembly. Arrest warrants were sought for PML-N leaders since they had repeatedly refused to show up for investigation despite the case being registered against them.

Arrest warrants were issued for Attaullah Tarar, Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Awais Leghari, Muhammad Mirza Javed, Malik Saif ul Malook Khokhar, Peer Khizer Hayat Shah Khagga, Raja Sagheer Ahmed, Mian Abdul Rauf, Pir Muhammad Ashraf Rasool, Bilal Farooq Tarar, and Rana Mannan Khan.

As a result, Attaullah Tarar filed a petition against the arrest, and later Islamabad High Court granted 14-day protective bail to the PML-N leaders against surety bonds of Rs25,000.

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Reacting to the arrest warrants, PML-N Vice President and former Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz condemned the arrest warrants and said that the raids conducted by the police at the residence of the PML-N leaders depicted a “dictatorial” mindset.