The Punjab government on Wednesday claimed that weapons were recovered from the vehicles of PTI’s Lahore office bearers Zubair Niazi and Bajash Niazi on the day the party launched its “Azadi March”.
Lahore DIG Operations Sohail Chaudhry said the police had received information some days ago about “illegal weapons” being brought to the city. “During the blockades on Tuesday, we tried to stop five cars on the motorway.
Later, in a raid at the homes of PTI Lahore office-bearers Zubair Niazi and Bajash Niazi, the weapons were recovered. “The leaders have been taken into police custody,” he said, adding that the police would ensure that the march was held peacefully according to the law.
Similar allegations were made by PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz who tweeted that the Punjab Police had recovered weapons from the vehicles of the two leaders, asserting that this was the “ugly face” of the party’s Azadi March. “Weapons recovered by Punjab Lahore police from vehicles of PTI Lahore office-bearers Zubair Niazi and Bajash Niazi. Case registered,” she tweeted.
Continuing, she provided details of the weapons which comprise six “223 bore guns, 13 SMG rifles, three pistols, 10 ‘kopay’, 96 magazines of SMG rifles and 223 bore guns, 26 magazines of pistols, 50 boxes of bullets and six bigger packs of bullets”.