PPP workers clash with ICT police as Bilawal appears before NAB
Islamabad (TP) May 29: A large number of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) workers clashed with the Islamabad police on Wednesday during the appearance of party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in a case related to the alleged money laundering through fictitious bank accounts.
The charged PPP workers clashed with the police after they were barred from going with their leader to the NAB headquarters, where Bilawal was quizzed for half-an-hour by the anti-graft body regarding the alleged kickbacks received by the Zardari Group of Companies.
Bilawal flatly rebutted the NAB allegations and said no illegality had been committed on their part. After the investigation, the NAB handed him over a questionnaire, seeking answers within 10 days.
As Bilawal headed towards the NAB headquarters, a large number of PPP leaders and workers converged at D-Chowk to go with their leaders towards the NAB office, but the Islamabad police intercepted them by using tear gas and water cannons in an attempt to disperse them.
The police arrested several PPP workers and whisked them to detention centres.
PPP leader and former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, who was leading the PPP workers, strongly condemned the use of force against the part workers. He said that “the police action spoke volume of the dictatorial mindset of Prime Minister Imran Khan and his puppet and hand-picked government.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice-President Maryam Nawaz condemned the police action against the PPP workers. In a tweet, she said: “Who he attacked the Prime Minister House and PTV building and held Islamabad hostage for four months by staging a sit-in is scared of a small protest; because he is afraid as he has grabbed the power through back door (channels). This is the reality of vote-thieves in 10 months. The torture of PPP workers is condemnable.”