Faisalabad police on Monday arrested 24 people for attacking and ransacking a police station and setting free three proclaimed offenders on Friday. Khurarianwala police registered a case under various sections of the Anti Terrorism Act and Pakistan Penal Code against eight named and 50 unidentified men for damaging the police station, rioting and injuring policemen.
Those named are Zakariya, Hussain, Muhammad Shabbir, Muhammad Shafiq, Abu Bakar, Muhammad Asif, Naveed Ahmad and Rana Muhammad Phool. A politician – believed to be MPA Shoaib Idrees – is mentioned in the FIR but not by name.
Earlier, City Police Officer Dr Haidar Ashraf had constituted a two-member fact finding committee, comprising SSP Operation Sahibzada Bilal Umar and SP Jaranwala Arif Shehbaz, to identify and ascertain the role of the MPA in the incident. The committee identified Idrees as key-accused in the incident. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had ordered the inspector general to arrest the MPA and all other accused.
Idrees held a meeting with members of the provincial and National Assembly of Faisalabad and told his colleagues that the police were falsely implicating him in the case.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2014.