PM Shehbaz Expresses 'Serious Concern' On Charges Against PTI Leader Yasmin Rashid

PM Shehbaz Expresses 'Serious Concern' On Charges Against PTI Leader Yasmin Rashid
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has expressed 'serious concern' on the charges filed against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Yasmin Rashid who recently appeared before an anti-terrorism court to obtain her pre-arrest bail in a case pertaining to vandalism during the party's long march.

Salman Sufi, head of PM's Strategic Reforms, said that the PM's sentiments on the matter have been conveyed to the government of Punjab.

Some social media users including anchor Maria Memon criticised the action against Yasmin Rashid, noting that the politician is a senior citizen and cancer-survivor.

A day after an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership over the vandalism during the party’s long march last month, the leaders were granted interim bail earlier today.

An ATC court in Lahore had, on the request of investigating officer Muhammad Saleem, issued non-bailable arrest warrants for several senior members of the PTI, including Mian Akram Usman, Muhammad Zubair Khan Niazi, Imtiaz Mehmood Sheikh, Mian Mehmood ur Rasheed, Mian Shafqat Mehmood, Malik Nadeem Abbas, Murad Raas, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Yasir Gilani, Dr Yasmin Rashid, Hammad Azhar, Andleeb Abbas, and Ijaz Chaudhry, as reported by Dawn.

Investigating Officer Muhammad Saleem had requested the initial non-bail arrest orders to be issued because he said the leaders had ‘intentionally’ gone into hiding to avoid their arrest. Arresting them was necessary for the investigation he said, following which Judge Abher Gul Khan issued the warrants.

All the notified PTI leaders showed up to the court on Friday, and applied for interim bails, which were granted. The judge prevented the police from arresting them till June 17th.