Islamabad police arrest two JUI MNAs, several workers during operation inside Parliament Lodges

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad police on Thursday conducted an operation inside the Parliament Lodges upon the command of the director-general of police (operations). During the operation, the police arrested more than a dozen Ansar-ul-Islam workers — a uniformed volunteer force of the JUI. The DIG instructed the officials to evacuate media personnel from the building as they made their way towards the lodge of Ansar-ul-Islam MNA — Salahuddin Ayubi — which was situated on the fourth floor of the building. Shortly afterwards, Ayubi’s staff and police personnel entered into a clash. Several parliamentarians of the PPP and PML-N were also present in the lodges at the time, while JUI’s Maulana Fazlur Rehman also reached the venue. During a scuffle between the police and Ayubi’s staff at the lodges, PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique was injured when his foot hit the door. Rafique, while talking to journalists, said that Ayaz Sadiq was holding a meeting in the lodges when the incident happened. “We found out that the police had entered the lodges and had surrounded it,” he said, adding that when his party members tried contacting the police, they were informed that the police had warrants against some people. “We tried to convince them that they could not enter the lodges, but the police personnel remained adamant and entered by force.”

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