ISLAMABAD: As Shalimar police arrested PML-N MNA Anjum Aqeel Khan in connection with the National Police Foundation (NPF) case, hundreds of protesters assaulted the police party and managed to flee along with the MNA.
Khan was named in two cases registered after a sub-committee formed by the Interior Secretary to look in to a fraud and embezzlement case in which Khan, along with others usurped nearly Rs6 billion worth of land.
Express 24/7 correspondent Sabur Ali Syed said that Khan had managed to get interim bail in the NPF land scam case, however he was still absconding in a second FIR registered against him by a school teacher for which he had been arrested.
He had been arrested on Friday evening, and as the police took him to Shalimar police station, they were attacked by Khan’s supporters, who managed to wrest his custody from the police and fled the scene.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik took notice of the attack and and ordered Islamabad police to take action against the attackers.
He ordered the Deputy Commissioner to conduct an inquiry, and for the arrest of the superintendent and station house officer of Shalimar police station.
Rana Sanaullah says no PML-N supporter involved
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that “criminals” had attacked the police party in Islamabad before spiriting away MNA Anjum Aqeel Khan.
Speaking via telephone to Express 24/7, he said that the criminals ought to be caught and brought to book.
While terming it conspiracy against the PML-N and the MNA, Sanaullah said that it remained to be seen whether Khan too was a victim of this group of criminals or if he had connived with them.
He said that if it was discovered that Khan was responsible for his escape, the PML-N would take strict disciplinary action against him.
The law minister went on to say that the party had advised Khan to face law and clear his name in court.
100 or so men attacked police party: IG
Islamabad IG addressing the media after the incident said that cases had been registered against those responsible as a terrorist attack.
He lamented how the guardians of law were today breaking the law for their own benefit.
He said police was looking for the absconding MNA and those who had helped him, while cases of negligence against the superintendent, and station house officer (SHO) of Shalimar police station would also be filed.
The IG said that there were a hundred or so of Khan’s supporters who assaulted the police party in which two police officers got injured.
FIA arrests Anjum Aqeel
The Federal Investigation Agency has arrested PML-N MNA Anjum Aqeel Khan on charges of fraud from Islamabad on Friday.
According to sources Anjum Aqeel, who has been implicated in the NPF land scam, was arrested following a raid conducted by the FIA. Two FIRs had already been registered against him.
An FIR was registered against him in Shalimar police station under article 409 and arrest warrants were also issued against him after a sub-committee formed by the Interior secretary wrote to IGP Islamabad.
Aqeel is implicated in a fraud case in National Police Foundation in which he, as the proprietor of Land Linkers, two former IGPs as well as former managing director (MD) of the National Police Foundation (NPF) for embezzling Rs6 billion worth of land.
His name had also been added to the Exit Control List.
Aqeel to defend his name
Fearing arrest, the MNA had conducted a press conference last Saturday in which he had demanded the creation of a judicial commission to investigate the scam and vowed to defend his innocence.
He said that he had cleared the air with NPF after striking a settlement deal. This he termed was not illegal.
Despite this, two FIRs had been registered against him. One with the FIA, and one in Shalimar police station.
Khan said that police had already raided his house. And that he was being made the target of politically motivated charges.
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