FAISALABAD/ ISLAMABAD: Authorities in Punjab have decided to arrest the chief of an obscure political party which begged the army chief in a posters campaign earlier this week to launch a coup.
The authorities decided to arrest the chief of ‘Move on Pakistan’ party, Muhammad Kamran, Faisalabad-based businessman, on charges of inviting martial law in the country. They have also decided to probe Kamran’s sources of income, businesses and assets.
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According to sources, the FIA had some time ago raided the party’s offices located on Sargodha Road in Faisalabad and recovered cars worth millions of rupees whose customs duties had not been paid. They added that Kamran was also involved in cyber-crimes and other questionable practices.
Leader of the opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan, meanwhile, demanded on Wednesday that members of the Move on Pakistan party should be immediately arrested and put on trial for treason.
“The government should arrest them if the controversial posters were not put up by the government,” he said, asking that since contact numbers of the party were mentioned on the posters, why no action has been taken thus far.
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Speaking to media outside the Supreme Court, Aitzaz also claimed that that “the government is involved in this campaign” because Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar has not taken notice so far?
The Move on Pakistan party, meanwhile, claimed the government and the opposition had misinterpreted its message. “We demand an extension in the army chief’s service tenure. We had made the same demand when the army chief announced to retire at the end of his tenure,” the party said in a press release.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2016.