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Police detain Sheikh Rashid over ‘murder plot allegations’ against Zardari

RAWALPINDI: Awami Muslim League (AML) head and former interior minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed was arrested in the early hours of Thursday from his Rawalpindi residence.

Sheikh Rasheed Shafiq, the previous interior minister’s nephew, confirmed the detention.

Initially apprehended by the Murree Police, he was eventually given over to the Islamabad Police, who transferred him to the Aabpara Police Station, where the case was filed.
He went on to say that three to four hundred Islamabad Police officers barged into Sheikh Rasheed’s home. “The police knocked down the house’s doors and beat up the employees,” Sheikh Rashid’s nephew alleged.

Shafiq further stated that the AML leader has already appeared in court for the case in which Sheikh was arrested.

According to Shafiq, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted relief to the former federal minister in this case. “We will file a contempt petition today,” Sheikh Shafiq said, adding that they will submit his uncle before the court and attempt to remand him.

Sheikh Rasheed is charged under three sections of the FIR: 120B (criminal conspiracy), 153A (promoting enmity between various communities), and 505. (Statements conducing to public mischief).

The PPP divisional president alleged in the FIR that the AML chief attempted to discredit a former president and pose a “permanent danger” to the PPP co-chairman and his family.

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