Fawad Chowdhury was arrested by police from Lahore during the early hours of Wednesday morning, Samaa TV reported, on charges of threatening the Central Election Commission.
The report said an FIR was filed against him for a letter in which he allegedly said that the status of the Election Commission of Pakistan is the same as that of a ‘secretary’ and ‘the chief of the Election Commission signs documents like a clerk’.
The former minister was arrested shortly after he gave a press conference in Lahore, where he threatened members of the Election Commission of Pakistan and their families with repercussions if the “those involved in the May 25 incident” (in a caretaker setting in Punjab) were appointed or kept in their posts.
He also reported that he had lodged a formal complaint with the ECP against the appointment of those directly involved in the crackdown in Punjab.
Severely criticizing the appointment of Mohsin Naqvi as interim Chief Minister of Punjab, he said, “Those who are appointed [Punjab] The government will follow until they are punished.”
During his arrest, Imran Khan tweeted, “Fawad’s arrest based on his apt description by the CEC leaves no doubt in anyone’s mind that Pakistan has become a banana republic devoid of the rule of law.”
He urged people to defend their basic rights to save Pakistan’s drift towards the point of no return, Samaa TV reported.
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