After 23 hours when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s dramatic arrest from the Islamabad High Court’s diary branch, the party’s Secretary General Asad Umar was arrested by the personnel of a Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) from the premises of the same court, reported local news.
The Islamabad police’s CTD officials picked up Umar from outside the IHC Bar Room where he and other PTI leaders were preparing a plea to be filed file in the IHC seeking a meeting with PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
According to eyewitnesses, the PTI lawyers fought with the police to prevent Umar’s arrest, but the law enforcers overpowered them and took the PTI leader away.
The former finance minister was booked in two cases registered against him and other PTI leaders following the protests that ensued after Imran Khan’s arrest. The cases were registered in Islamabad’s Tarnol and Aabpara police stations.
PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Senator Saifullah Sarwar Khan Nyazee, and Ghulam Sarwar Khan were also with Umar at the time of the arrest.
All three leaders returned to the IHC’s Bar Room after Umar was taken by the police. The police also tried arresting Qureshi, however, the lawyers and other party workers blocked the police from arresting the PTI vice chairman.