LAHORE: Police on Friday raided the residence of lawyer and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s nephew Hassaan Niazi.
The development comes after law enforcers stepped up efforts to arrest lawyers responsible for the attack on the Punjab Institute of Cardiology.
The lawyers were ‘taking revenge’ for what they claimed was an assault by doctors on a fellow advocate.
Hassaan was identified as one of the lawyers behind the PIC attack when footage surfaced on national TV showing him involved in violent activities during the attack on the vital health facility.
However, the lawyer was not present at his residence at the time of the raid. His whereabouts are unknown.
The PIC attack
At least three patients died during the mob attack on the hospital.
The rampaging lawyers thrashed medical staff and attendants and vandalised the hospital. The mob also roughed up provincial information minister Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chauhan when he got to the scene and tried to negotiate with the lawyers.
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s office launched an investigation into the incident. “It is a shame that some people would go and attack a hospital,” his spokesperson Nadeem Afzal Chan said.
Meanwhile, the Punjab government pledged not to spare the lawyers involved in the attack, saying that it would not give in to pressure from bar associations to withdraw the cases registered against the rioters.
At least two cases were registered on a range of charges including terrorism, unlawful assembly and murder. More than 250 lawyers have been booked under the anti-terrorism act.