The police have registered a case against 55 Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) workers who took to the streets in Mandi Bahauddin’s suburban Gojra area to protest the arrest of party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari from his residence in Islamabad on Monday.
According to Gojra police, a case has been registered against 40 unknown persons as well as 15 named people under Section 16 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) law, and Section 341 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
“The protesters had blocked the mini motorway along with Sargodha road during their protests. They burnt tyres and the traffic stood suspended,” said police.
Police also said that the demonstrators had chanted anti-government slogans and had sought to instigate violence.
According to District Police Officer (DPO) Nasir Sial, one party worker has been arrested while raids are being carried out to arrest the others.
On Tuesday, in many towns and cities across Sindh, leaders, activists and supporters of the PPP held demonstrations and took out rallies after a call was given by the party leadership to protest against the arrest.
Zardari’s arrest pertains to an investigation into suspicious transactions worth Rs4.4 billion allegedly carried out through a fictitious bank account. According to the prosecution, the account titled M/s A One International was fake and it received a sum of Rs4.4bn out of which Rs30m was paid to the Zardari Group at two different times