ISLAMABAD: Police have on Thursday launched an operation inside the parliament lodges to remove evacuate the people from there. Director-General operation Islamabad has given approval to the police to vacate the parliament lodges.
According to the sources in Islamabad, the police have taken into custody several persons including Salahuddin Ayubi, a member national assembly.
The sources claimed that a number of persons were sitting inside the rooms of the parliamentarians’ room inside the National Assembly building.
Shortly afterwards, Ayubi’s staff and police personnel started a clash. Several parliamentarians of the PPP and PML-N were also present in the lodges at the time of the lodge, while JUI’s Maulana Fazlur Rehman had also reached the venue.
According to media reports, during a scuffle between police and Ayubi’s staff at the lodges, PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique was injured when his foot hit the door.
Rafique, while talking to journalists, said that Ayaz Sadiq was holding a meeting in the lodge when the incident happened.
“We found out that the police had entered the lodge and had surrounded it,” he said, adding that when they contacted the police, they were informed that the police had warrants against some people.
“We tried to convince them that they could not enter the lodges but the police personnel remained adamant and entered by force.”
Moulana Fazlur Rehman said, “I am ready to surrender myself.”
Following the arrests of several workers and leaders, JUI chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman arrived at the Parliament Lodges to surrender himself before the police.
Speaking to the journalists, he urged all his party workers to reach the Parliament Lodges as soon as possible.
He said that the “government wants to abduct the Opposition’s members of the National Assembly by arresting them” to reduce their numbers for the no-confidence motion.
“I will surrender myself along with some of my friends,” he said, urging all workers to reach Islamabad as soon as possible.
“I request all party workers to block roads and shut down businesses,” Fazl said.
According to media reports, police has also arrested Maulana Jamaluddin and Mufti Abdullah.