PPP workers booked for raising anti-judiciary slogans

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ISLAMABAD: A First Information Report (FIR) was registered against Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) workers on Thursday for raising anti-judiciary slogans during a protest of the grand opposition alliance outside the headquarters of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) a day before.

The newly-formed 11-party grand opposition alliance, named ‘Pakistan Alliance for Free and Fair Elections’ protested outside the ECP office on Wednesday against alleged rigging in the general elections 2018.

During the protest, the workers of the PPP chanted anti-judiciary slogans, mainly targeting Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar.

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According to police sources, Imtiaz Raja and Kausar Gillani have been nominated in the FIR while the identification process of other protestors is underway through the video footages.

The Anti-Terrorism clauses have also been added in the case, the police said.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court held firebrand Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Talal Chaudhry in contempt of court and sentenced him till the rising of the court. He was the third PML-N leader to be found guilty of contempt of court in ongoing year while the other two leaders are Nehal Hashmi and Daniyal Aziz.

In April this year, Kasur police booked 80 PML-N workers, five of them nominated, including local MNA and MPA for staging an anti-judiciary protest after the disqualification of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Panama case.

Police claimed to have arrested 45 suspects, including MNA Waseem Akhtar, MPA Naeem Safdar, Kasur Municipal Committee Chairman Ayaz Khan, Vice Chairman Ahmad Latif, two UC chairmen Nasir Khan and Jamil Khan and as many councillors.