PTI activists and supporters clash with police during a protest against the arrest of their leader, in Islamabad on May 10, 2023. — AFP
PTI activists and supporters clash with police during a protest against the arrest of their leader, in Islamabad on May 10, 2023. — AFP
  • Suspects were arrested under 16 MPO on Rawalpindi DC’s orders. 
  • They were arrested as soon as they were released from Adiala jail. 
  • Supreme Court had granted the suspects bail last week.

ISLAMABAD: Five suspects involved in the May 9 violence, who were granted bail recently by the Supreme Court, have been rearrested under 16 MPO (Punjab Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance, 1960).

The suspects were arrested soon after their release after the 16 MPO was issued by the Rawalpindi deputy commissioner. They were released from Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi last night after the suspects submitted their surety bonds.

The five suspects — Owais, Saifullah, Nasrullah, Kamran and Waqas — were booked in the May 9 violence case registered at the New Tow Police Station.

A number of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers and others were arrested after protests broke out across the country following Imran Khan’s arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust case.

Last week, a three-member bench comprising Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail, Justice Hasan Azhar Rizvi and Justice Mussarat Hilali, had granted bail to five suspects booked in the May 9 violence case.

Justice Mandokhail during the hearing had observed that the authorities concerned were not arresting the “real terrorists” but are after those who take out political rallies.

The apex court approved the bail in exchange for surety bonds of Rs50,000 each. It also directed the trial court to give a verdict without getting influenced. 



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