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PTI condemns arrest of young boys for “laughing” at SAPM Atta Tarar

PTI leaders slammed the police for arresting the boys who were just "laughing". They called the incident "fascism" and claimed that "laughing" is not a crime.

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PTI leaders have condemned the arrest of four young boys for laughing at Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s aide and PML-N leader Attaullah Tarar.

According to the details, the Islamabad Police kept the boys in lockup at Kohsar Police Station for more than 24 hours without registering any case against them on the charge that they had laughed at PML-N leader Atta Tarar.

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The SHO of Kohsar Police Station, while quoting Atta Tarar, said the boys allegedly stared and laughed at him, and also called him a thief in a restaurant. He was with his family when the four boys harassed him. Later, the police released the boys as Attaullah Tarar pardoned them.

Needless to say, PTI leaders slammed the police for arresting the boys who were just “laughing”. They called the incident “fascism” and claimed that “laughing” is not a crime.

“This is beyond fascism! Arresting youngsters for laughing at this nasty piece of work. Hope the senior judiciary takes note of this illegal arrest of our youth. Never knew laughing at someone was a crime in Pakistan!” Shireen Mazari, former Human Rights Minister, tweeted.

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“Pakistan under fascism as innocent boys arrested for merely laughing! ICT Police paid and funded by ordinary Pakistani taxpayers have become a tool for brutality and oppression against citizens. We must come forward and protect the liberty and free speech rights of these boys,” Maleeka Ali Bokhari, PTI spokesperson on legal issues, tweeted.

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“Strongly condemn this fascist act, boys must be released immediately. IHC should take notice of the Police high handedness,” Fawad Chaudhry, former Information Minister, tweeted.

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Later, at the reports of Atta Tara pardoning the boys, Fawad Chaudhry questioned whether people were living in the “Kingdom of Tarar” to be forgiven. “Shame on you,” Fawad Chaudhry added.

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Not the first time

Leaders of the ruling PML-N are having a difficult time in public because the majority of the public has backed the PTI and rejected the incumbent government.  Back in July, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal was heckled by a group of PTI supporters at a restaurant on the Lahore-Islamabad motorway.

The video of the incident went viral on social as it showed PTI supporters chanting slogans and using abusive language when the PML-N leader entered the restaurant to buy dinner.

Twitteratis were divided over the incident. Many Twitterati condemned the incident and called it a manifestation of growing intolerance in politics. On the other hand, some also criticized the PML-N leader for using foul language.

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