Two leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were apprehended by the police in Swat on Wednesday for their alleged participation in the May 9 protests following the arrest of Imran Khan.
The arrested individuals, former Swat mayor Shahid Ali Khan and former provincial minister Dr. Amjad, were wanted by the police under the charge of Maintainance of Public Order.
Dr. Amjad is accused of instigating PTI workers to protest after the arrest of Imran Khan. It is alleged that he organized a protest at Chakdara Motorway, gathering party workers who engaged in setting fire at the Chakdara Interchange.
The case against Dr. Amjad involves charges of terrorism and mutiny.
Following their arrest, both PTI leaders have been relocated to an undisclosed location.
In response to the nationwide protests that erupted after Imran Khan’s arrest from the Islamabad High Court on May 9, authorities have intensified their crackdown on PTI leaders and workers. The demonstrations turned violent in several areas, including Peshawar and Lahore, resulting in attacks on public buildings and even military residences, leading to the arrest of thousands of PTI workers.