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PTI demands release of Azhar Mashwani

The arrest of Azhar Mashwani has sparked a strong reaction from PTI leaders, as they take to social media to demand his release. #ReleaseAzharMashwani is also among the top Twitter trends in Pakistan. 

PTI is demanding the release of Azhar Mashwani, the party’s former social media head, who was picked up on Thursday, apparently on charges of criticizing the Punjab police and the caretaker government for allegedly using high-handed tactics against party workers.

The arrest of Azhar Mashwani has sparked a strong reaction from PTI leaders, as they take to social media to demand his release. #ReleaseAzharMashwani is also among the top Twitter trends in Pakistan.

According to the details, Azhar Mashwani went to PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s Zaman Park residence on Thursday afternoon and has been missing ever since.

Reacting to reports of Azhar Mashwani, former Prime Minister Imran Khan accused the authorities of abducting the party activist.

Read more: US report calls attention to human rights violations in Pakistan

“Enough is enough. Police in Punjab and Islamabad are breaking all laws with impunity as they target PTI. Today Azhar Mashwani was abducted in the afternoon from Lahore and his whereabouts are unknown,” the former prime minister tweeted on Thursday and demanded Mr Mashwani’s immediate release.

Other PTI leaders also demanded his release while criticizing the incumbent for being fascist. Pertinent to mention here, following the Zaman Park clashes and vandalism at Judicial Complex, the government has intensified its crackdown on PTI.

Houses of PTI leaders have been raided meanwhile, over 200 PTI workers have been booked in a separate case at Nasirabad police station under charges of interfering in state matters and violation of Section 144.

Apart from PTI, members of the media fraternity are also facing a tough time under the current political climate in Pakistan. Recently, BOL News Islamabad Bureau Chief Siddique Jan was arrested for sharing some videos of the police shelling on the PTI supporters outside the Federal Judicial Complex and inciting violence against law enforcement agencies.

Read more: Watch: Siddique Jan given heartiest welcome upon release

The human rights violations in Pakistan have even sparked international concern. Earlier,  US senator Jacky Rosen expressed her concern about the increasing political violence in Pakistan.