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Bilawal’s supporters in Lahore’s NA-127 being detained by police, claims PPP

LAHORE: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has written a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, claiming that their supporters are being arrested by police in Lahore’s NA-127 constituency, where party chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is February 8 elections.

PPP Secretary General Taj Haider wrote the letter, wherein he claimed that the arrests of PPP supporters by Punjab Police had created an environment of terror in the constituency.

The letter said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers Shahbaz and Shahzad were arrested for joining the PPP. Former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) counsellor Khalida Parveen was also arrested for supporting the PPP. When they contacted the police, they said Parveen was arrested in a case lodged against her four months ago, the letter mentioned.

Haider said PPP’s Zulfiqar Badar contacted the high officials for the release of the party activists but to no avail. He feared that the fascist measures would multiply if police were not stopped.

The PPP leader requested the CEC to order for freedom of his party supporters and take action against those responsible.

Bilawal, who has been nominated as his party’s candidate for the slot of prime minister, is contesting from NA-127 Lahore, where he would compete with PML-N leader Shaista Pervaiz Malik and a PTI-backed candidate.