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Abbasi, Shahbaz among 1,500 booked for taking rally in support of ousted PM Nawaz Sharif

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Around 1500 workers and leaders, including and Shahbaz Sharif, were booked today under terrorism and other charges for taking out a rally here in support of ousted Pakistani

Police said Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and workers have been booked for taking the rally yesterday in violation of law, attacking policemen and rangers, causing damage to the public property and hurling abuses at judiciary and military.

Thousands of workers had set up their march to reach the here to welcome and and his daughter arriving from to face jail terms of 10 and seven years, respectively, in the Evenfield properties corruption case.

Police said FIRs have been registered against 1,500 workers and 20 leaders in three police stations of the city under 7-ATA (anti-terrorism act) and various sections of the Penal Code. Police officials are complainants in all three FIRs.

According to the police, Shahbaz Sharif, the and younger brother Nawaz Sharif, led the rally here in violation of Section 144 that stops assembly of five or more people at one place at a particular time.

"Those taking part in the rally including those nominated in the FIR attacked the law enforcement agency personnel, damaged the public property, harassed people, used abusive language against the state institutions (army and judiciary)," said the FIRs.

The PML-N has condemned registration of FIRs and demanded their immediate withdrawal as several of the booked leaders are taking part in the July 25 election.

"It is an attempt to stop our leadership to take part in the elections. It is a pre-poll rigging," PML-N said.

Besides and former Abbasi, the other leaders booked include Shahbaz's son Hamza, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, PML-N Raja Zafarul Haq, former Maryam Aurenzeb, Senators and Musadiq Malik, former Talal Chaudhry, veteran Javed Hashmi, former parliamentarian and

More than 50 people, including 20 policemen, were injured during clashes in the PML-N rally in yesterday.

and Maryam were arrested by Pakistan's anti-graft body, the National Accountability Bureau, upon their arrival in from last night and flown to and had been lodged at the in Ralwapindi.

The PML-N rally, which failed to reach the airport as it was several kilometres away when the plane of Nawaz Sharif landed, ended at late last night.

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 16:25 IST