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Police in Pakistan register case against anti-Govt cleric, his supporters

File pic of Dr Tahirul Qadri.
File pic of Dr Tahirul Qadri.

Police in Pakistan have registered a case against anti-government cleric, Dr Tahirul Qadri, who returned to Pakistan yesterday.

Islamabad, June 24/Nationalturk – The anti-government cleric and chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) party, Dr Tahirul Qadri, who returned to Pakistan yesterday will now have to fight legal battle as government has filed a case against him and about 1500 of his supporters.

Qadri, who has a dual citizenship of Canada and Pakistan, returned to Pakistan yesterday to lead anti-government protests. However, his homecoming was not smooth as authorities diverted his plane from capital Islamabad to Lahore, capital of Pakistan’s populous province Punjab.

The anti-government cleric refused to leave the plane and it was only after eight hours deliberation that he finally left the plane and left in a vehicle of Punjab Governor to his residence.

His supporters, who were angry with government for diverting his plane from Islamabad to Lahore, staged protests at many cities in the country and clashed with police.

“Police have registered cases against Qadri and over 1600 of his supporters and PAT workers. The cases were registered on charges of vandalism and violence outside Benazir International Airport in Islamabad on the complaint of the police,” Pakistani security officials, pleading anonymity said.

120 including 45 policemen injured in clashes

Officials said at least 120 people including 45 policemen were injured in clashes between Qadri’s supporters and police in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Sunday and Monday.

“Several clauses including violation of section 144 and disrupting peace have been included in the First Information Reports,” the police officials said.

Police have already arrested over 500 PAT workers after yesterday’s clashes.

According to Pakistan newspaper, The Dawn, Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act has also been invoked in the FIR against Qadri and his supporters.

“Dr Qadri is among the accused because he had asked PAT workers to gather and protest against the government,” a police official said.

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