Multan police have arrested two brothers under treason charges for attending a protest on the call of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) Chairman Manzoor Pashteen at Nawan Shaher Chowk.
The brothers — identified as Rawal Asad and Anas — are students at Government Emerson College and a local college, respectively. They were arrested during a raid at their residence in Multan’s Northern Bypass area.
A case was registered against the two on behalf of the state under Section 153 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), 123-A, 124-A, 290, 291, Punjab Sound Systems Regulation Act 2015-16 and 16 Maintenance of Public Order (MPO).
According to the first information report, “Around 30 to 35 people had gathered at Multan’s Nawan Shaher Chowk and had blocked the road, causing disruption of traffic.”
“The protesters, which reportedly included the two brothers, had gathered on the call of Manzoor Pashteen and were chanting slogans against state institutions, especially the army,” the FIR said.
Among those named in the FIR are Fazeel Asghar, Samiullah, Mohammad Bilal, Mohammad Nadeem, Mamoon Khan, Khalil Ahmed, Dr Saddam, Hazrat Bilal, Abdul Basit, Zabeehullah, Ismat Muslim, Nasrullah Khan, Momin Khan, Abdul Qadeer Khan, Asmatullah Kakar, Jahangir Khan, Abdul Wahid Khan, Habat Khan and Haji Rafique Kakar.