Sheikh Rashid booked for ‘immoral’ remarks against Bilawal Bhutto

A case has been registered against Awami Muslim League (AML) president Sheikh Rashid Ahmed in Karachi for making “immoral” remarks against Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.

According to sources, the case was registered at the Mochko police station by a PPP worker over the former minister’s comments against the PPP Chairman.

Sources said a police team has been formed and will leave today to arrest the AML leader, adding that he would be brought to Karachi after arrest.

The former interior minister was earlier arrested by Islamabad police in a late-night raid on his residence in a private housing society for publically accusing former president Asif Ali Zardari of hatching a plot to assassinate PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

On Thursday, an Islamabad court remanded him into two-day police custody following his late-night arrest.

Rashid was arrested by the Abpara police after a case was registered against him under sections 120B, 153 A, and 505 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on the complaint of Raja Inayat, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Rawalpindi Division vice president.

Police said the former interior minister was booked for criminal conspiracy, creating rift among two groups and giving hateful statements. After the arrest Rashid was brought to the Abpara police station in Islamabad, from where he was taken to the Polyclinic Hospital for medical check-up.

Inayat told police in his complaint that on January 27, he heard an interview of Rashid on a private TV channel, in which he [Rashid] spoke about a conspiracy saying the PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari had hired some terrorists who wanted to kill Imran.

Inayat claimed that Rashid had attempted to defame the former president, and thereby creating a permanent threat to Zardari and his family. He added that Rashid wanted to create enmity between the PPP and the PTI by mentioning “a fabricated and baseless conspiracy”.


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