55 PPP workers booked for protesting Zardari’s arrest


Police on Wednesday registered a case against 55 Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) workers who took to the streets in Mandi Bahauddin’s suburban Gojra area to protest the arrest of party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari from his residence in Islamabad two days earlier.

As per the Gojra police, a case has been registered against 40 unidentified persons as well as 15 people who were identified under Section 16 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) law and Section 341 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

“The protesters had blocked the mini motorway along with Sargodha road during their protests bringing the traffic to a standstill. They burnt tyres and caused a major traffic jam,” said police.

According to the police, the demonstrators had chanted anti-government slogans containing statements to instigate violence.

District Police Officer (DPO) Nasir Sial told local media that police has arrested one party worker while raids are being carried out to arrest the others involved.

On Tuesday, after the arrest of Asif Zardari, PPP supporters and local leaders came out on the streets to show their displeasure in the form of demonstrations and rallies.

Zardari was arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation into suspicious transactions worth Rs4.4 billion allegedly carried out through a fictitious bank account.