Case registered against PML-N lawmaker, workers for anti-judiciary protest

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ISLAMABAD: Workers and a lawmaker of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have been booked for staging a protest outside the Supreme Court (SC) last week against the disqualification of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The police registered a case on April 15 against PML-N supporters, mostly women, for protesting and chanting slogans against the apex court verdict on the Constitution Avenue on April 13.

Tehseen Fawad, PML-N member of Punjab assembly from Rawalpindi, has been named in the FIR along with three local party leaders and 20-25 unnamed protesters.

According to the police, protesters chanted slogans against Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar in the parking area of the SC and also briefly blocked the road, but they dispersed when an assistant commissioner told them to do so.

Meanwhile, the police top brass suspended Secretariat Police Station SHO Hakim Khan, as well as, transferring two relevant superintendents of police over their failure to stop the aforementioned demonstration.

A local news outlet confirmed that the two transferred officials were SP Security Jamil Ahmed Hashmi and SP City Ahmed Iqbal.

Hashmi, who has worked in the capital police for 35 years rising through the ranks, has been transferred from the capital police and his services surrendered to Establishment Division for posting elsewhere.

SP Iqbal has been directed to report to the IGP office.

The suspension and transfers came after CJP Nisar summoned Islamabad IGP Sultan Azam Temuri as well as DIG Waqar Chohan on Monday.

In the FIR, PML-N workers have been booked for insulting the judiciary, roadblock and unlawful assembly.