Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has strongly condemned the police crackdown on Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) sit-in in Lahore, saying the torture of peaceful protesters reminded him the regime of former military dictator Zia-ul-Haq. PTI workers had staged the sit-in at Chairing Cross outside Punjab Assembly against the alleged rigging in PP-150 constituency during by-polls when police cracked down on the protest and arrested several PTI workers and high-profile leaders including Mehmood-ur-Rasheed, Andleeb Abbas, Mehar Wajid and party’s provincial president Ejaz Chaudhry. “During the days of Ghazi Zia-ul-Haq police used to drag women and throw them in police vans,” Bilawal posted on social networking website Twitter. Pakistan’s former ambassador in US and pivotal PPP leader Sherry Rehman also took Twitter to condemn the police crackdown, saying the PTI workers should keep in mind that it is not PPP’s government that they can stage peaceful protests. “Dear #PTI, it’s not a #PPP govt that you’ll stage a peaceful protest and get away with it. It’s a #PMLN govt now,” she tweeted.
Source: Pakistan Tribune