‘Attack on Rafique meeting not politically motivated’

Party leader had earlie claimed PTI activists were involved


Our Correspondent October 06, 2018
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Khawaja Saad Rafique. PHOTO: PPI

LAHORE: The attack on the political gathering of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Khawaja Saad Rafique was not politically motivated, claimed another PML-N activist.

According to reports, some armed men attacked Rafique's corner meeting at Chungi Amar Sadhu late on Thursday night. Around five people were injured in the incident.

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Rafique claimed that activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf were involved. Speaking after the attack, he said a group of over 10 people, armed with weapons and clubs, beat up PML-N supporters. A PTI leader was involved in many such incidents and all these attacks were carried through his political support, he added.

However, PTI denied the allegations. After the incident, both parties had submitted an application against each other at the Factory Area police station. SP Cantonment and SP Model Town, along with the leadership of both the parties, gathered at the police station at night. The officers heard the stories of both parties.

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Later, they asked that an FIR be registered after an investigation and analysis of evidence.

PML-N leader Yassen Seul, while speaking to the media, said that SPs will first anaylse the evidence and then take action. "It was a local fight and not politically motivated. It was not a conflict between Khawaja Saad Rafique and Humayun Akhtar.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 6th, 2018.

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