ISLAMABAD: Former federal minister and chief of Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has been arrested from Rawalpindi, News Diplomacy learnt on Sunday.
Rashid’s lawyer Sardar Abdul Razaq confirmed the arrest of the AML leader along with his two nephews from Bahria Town Rawalpindi. He said Rashid, an ally of former prime minister Imran Khan, was taken away by plainclothesmen.
The PTI also confirmed the arrest and stated on X: “The political victimization and fascism continues, this time with the arrest of Sheikh Rashid. This is yet another episode of mockery of law in Pakistan. Despite a caretaker government in place the fascism, and blatant violation of human rights continues!”
In a video message, the AML leader’s nephew Sheikh Rashid Shafiq said his uncle was arrested by the Punjab police from Bahria Town Phase III in Rawalpindi and his current whereabouts were unknown.
“Both the Islamabad and Punjab police have told the high courts in writing that Sheikh Rashid is not proclaimed in any case,” he said. Shafiq also requested the higher courts to take notice of the arrest and find out where his uncle was taken.