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Sheikh Rashid arrested after Pindi court rejects bail in May 9 case

Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Sheikh Rashid Ahmed was arrested after a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court rejected his bail in a case pertaining to violence in the country on May 9. Lawyer Sardar Abdul Razzak Khan confirmed the arrest to Dawn.com. “He will be held at the New Town Police Station overnight,” the lawyer added. The counsel also said Rashid had acquired bail in 12 out of 13 cases. He added that a bail plea in the fresh case would be filed tomorrow. The AML leader was arrested in September last year by the Punjab police and was moved to “undisclosed location”. His arrest had come amid the state’s crackdown on the PTI and its supporters following incidents of vandalism on May 9 — when party chairman Imran Khan was first arrested from the premises of the Islamabad High Court. Rashid had re-surfaced in a TV interview nearly after 34 days after his disappearance and condemned the May 9. Regarding his “arrest”, Rashid had said he was on “a chilla [with] a tableeghi jamaat (proselytisers)”. Rashid appeared before the ATC for the hearing of his bail plea today. The hearing was presided over by ATC Judge Malik Asif Ejaz. Talking to Dawn.com, Rashid’s counsel said that the AML chief was granted bail in 12 out of the 13 cases related to May 9. The lawyer disclosed that Rashid was apprehended outside the court after his bail was rejected in a case connected to the attack on an intelligence agency office during the May 9 riots. He clarified that the court would determine whether Rashid would be placed under judicial or physical remand in a hearing tomorrow. Regarding allegations of a conspiracy originating from Lal Haveli, Rashid’s residence, the lawyer insisted that the former minister was not involved in any such plot. He emphasised that those responsible for Rashid’s arrest were aware of the actual reasons behind it. Responding to a query, Razzaq said it was impossible for Rashid to meet with former Punjab chief minister Parvez Elahi or PTI founder Imran Khan. dawn

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.