Police baton-charge PML-N workers outside Lahore accountability court

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LAHORE: PML-N supporters protested outside an accountability court on Thursday as police responded by baton-charging them.

According to details, former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif arrived at the accountability court with stringent security in place.

Scores of PML-N supporters, carrying placards and pictures of Shehbaz Sharif, gathered outside the accountability court and tried to remove obstacles.

Police responded by baton-charging the PML-N workers and taking multiple into custody.

Punjab Information Minister Fayyaz-ul-Hasan Chauhan spoke to Geo News, saying that the PML-N workers had showed up to confront police.

“You can see that they confronted police on purpose and then were taken to task,” he said.
Chauhan said that he did not understand why the media was giving hype to the incident, claiming that the PML-N leaders had not showed up in huge numbers.

“There are only 200-250 workers that protested,” he said. “I cannot understand why the media is promoting the incident. This is not like the Model Town incident where people including pregnant women, were shot on point blank range.”

PML-N representative Malik Ahmad Khan also spoke to Geo News and said that the action taken by police was unfortunate.

“Marriyum Aurangzeb was present in the vicinity of the accountability court when the baton-charging began,” he said.

Responding to Chauhan’s remarks about the Model Town case, Malik Ahmad Khan said that a new JIT had been formed to probe the incident.

“Soon everything will come out into the open as to what really happened,” he said.”Today, PML-N workers were peaceful before police started beating them.”