Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice President Fawad Chaudhry has been arrested by Islamabad police officials from outside the Supreme Court premises late Wednesday night under 16 MPO after violent protests broke out following party chairman Imran Khan’s arrest.
Fawad Chaudhry was present in the Supreme Court’s building since 12:00 noon to avoid his arrest as earlier PTI senior leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Asad Umar was arrested . He was immediately arrested by police after he stepped out of the Supreme Court premises late Wednesday night.
While conducting a press conference, Fawad Chaudhry said it would be the first time in history that a lawyer is being arrested. “Politics have divided the legal fraternity and all sections in Pakistan are facing the same challenge.”
“Never has a petitioner been arrested in such a manner,” he expressed, adding that Islamabad High Court had, a day earlier, approve his pre-arrest bail — which he had shown to the capital cops earlier in the day.
Lamenting that the party chief was arrested from court premises as well, Chaudhry said Khan’s arrest led to a division in the country.
He also called for giving space to political opponents to pave the way for dialogue.
“When I was present in the SC building, the security staff turned off the lights and asked me to surrender.”
Fawad said that some elements are trying to create misunderstandings between the PTI and the armed forces.
The Islamabad police detained Chaudhry under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Ordinance (MPO) and shifted him to the Secretariat Police Station.