PTI activist Azhar Mashwani has been shifted to Islamabad: FawadHasaan Ali Khan Published March 24, 2023 Updated about 2 hours ago
PTI social media activist Azhar Mashwani. — Photo courtesy: Twitter
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PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry said on Friday that Azhar Mashwani, who the party alleged was “abducted” in Lahore a day earlier, had been shifted to Islamabad.
The PTI social media activist was picked up on Thursday, apparently on charges of criticising the Punjab police and the caretaker government for allegedly using high-handed tactics against party workers.
The arrest had prompted PTI chief Imran Khan to say, “enough is enough” as he accused authorities of abducting the party activist. Imran also said he was sending pictures of all officials involved in the crackdown on his workers to international human rights organisations so that they could “identify those working for the state and indulging in abductions, illegal break-ins into homes, custodial torture and violence against political leaders and unarmed workers of PTI”.
Speaking to Dawn.com today, Fawad said the party was tracing Mashwani’s location.
“We have been tracking Mashwani’s location,” the ex-information minister said. “He was at the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) office in Bedian. Then he was shifted to Islamabad”.
Fawad said the party had tried to get a first information report (FIR) registered against Mashwani’s alleged abduction but officials had refused to do so. “We tried registering it at the Green Town police station but they did not lodge a report.”
He added that the police were being “pressurised” to not register a FIR against the PTI activist’s “illegal abduction”.
Fawad also said that a habeas corpus petition had been filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking Mashwani’s recovery. He said that the registrar’s office had raised an objection but the case had been listed for hearing at the LHC Rawalpindi bench on Monday (March 27).