PTI leader Haleem Adil Sheikh rearrested soon after securing bail from ATC

KARACHI  -  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sindh President Haleem Adil Sheikh was rearrested in a separate case shortly after he obtained bail from an anti-terrorism court in Karachi.

The police presented the PTI leader before an anti-terrorism court (ATC) after arresting him a day earlier from outside the Sindh High Court (SHC).

The law enforcement agency was seeking the physical remand of the PTI leader but the court rejected the plea and instead granted bail to Sheikh. However, as soon as the PTI leader left the court premises the cops from the Preddy Police Station arrested the PTI leader in a fresh case. As per the police, a case was registered against Sheikh in the Preddy Police Station a day ear­lier for interfering in the matters of the state, rioting and assault on police. It added that in the complaint it has been contended that during the PTI leader’s arrest, a day earlier, the police were at­tacked with sticks.

Sheikh’s arrest came a day earlier as he was reportedly suspected of involvement in the violent protests triggered by the party’s chairman Im­ran Khan’s arrest in the £190 million Al-Qadir Trust on May 9.

The former leader of opposition in the Sindh Assembly and other PTI politicians in the province were re­portedly among the rioters booked for the violent protests in Karachi.

Speaking with journalists outside the court before his arrest, the senior PTI leader said false cases were made against him “Blowing up balloons has also become terrorism,” he said. “Aftab Siddiqui was also nominated but es­caped after holding a press conference. People who hold press conferences [easily] leave,” he said, questioning the ambiguity around the arrests pertain­ing to the May 9 riots. Sheikh said he and his colleagues are still facing law­suits due to political vengeance. “I have been exposing the corruption of the Pakistan People’s Party.”

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