LAHORE: Raiwind police took into custody Chaudhry Anwar, president of his own Pakistani party, Kissan Ittehad (PKI), from his residence on Monday.
The leader of the farmers led a protest in the provincial capital about three months ago (November 2020), demanding Rs2,000 per 40 kg wheat support price and Rs300 per kg for sugar cane, in addition to a flat power cost of Rs5 per unit for farm tubewells.
But one of the demonstrators, Ashfaq Langrial, died in the ensuing clash with the police.
While no official word on the arrest was issued by the PKI, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz alleges that the police action was aimed at pressuring Mr. Anwar to withdraw the petition he had filed for the registration of a police murder case over the death of the protester.
Chaudhry Anwar was compelled by the Punjab government to withdraw his plea for registration in the murder case. The Raiwind police detained him from his residence over his repeated reluctance,’ Punjab PML-N President Rana Sanaullah Khan said here on Monday.
The ‘puppet regime’ pretending to champion the cause of farmers’ rights is harassing the leadership of farmers by arrests, he added, adding that Modi had become sworn enemies of the farming community in India and Imran Khan in Pakistan. A police source says Chaudhry Anwar was arrested by the Raiwind police from Multan on a complaint from an overseas Pakistani, who claimed he had given
The claimant, whose identity was withheld by the police, was confronted with suspected life threats as he pleaded for his money back.