The Punjab police on Sunday arrested PTI leader Shahbaz Gill in Muzaffargarh, PML-N spokesperson and Punjab Home Minister Atta Tarar confirmed.
Gill has been arrested for allegedly visiting different polling stations during the by-elections in the city with his personal security guards who were dressed as FC personnel.
However, Gill denied the allegations of keeping any security guards dressed up in FC officials’ uniforms. He claimed that he had been engaged for three hours and was suddenly arrested without a warrant.
Gill said that he would act according to what his lawyers suggest.
IMRAN CONDEMNS ARREST: Taking notice of the arrest, PTI Chairman Imran Khan took to Twitter to condemn the incident.
“Strongly condemn illegal arrest of Shahbaz Gill simply to try [and] rig elections [and] spread fear in [people],” he tweeted.
“These fascist tactics will not work [and] our [people] will not be deterred from exercising their right to vote. Handlers of imported govt should realise the damage they are doing to our nation,” he added.
Meanwhile, Gill tweeted that he is not ‘afraid of getting arrested’.
“Before you reach anyone else, I am presenting myself for arrest,” he wrote on Twitter, claiming that he was “trapped in a factory”.
“Imran Khan’s soldier is not afraid of such tactics. We did not come to do terrorism.”
The political tensions are on the rise in Punjab as the hotly contested by-elections are the key to power in the province. The 20 constituencies will decide who will become the chief minister on July 22 — when the elections for the office take place.