2,000 police officers have been deployed in Islamabad
PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari appeared before NAB at its Rawalpindi office on Wednesday in the fake accounts case. Around 40 PPP workers, including two female MNAs, were arrested.
He was questioned for 30 minutes in the case.
The bureau summoned him and his father, former president Asif Ali Zardari, in the fake accounts case but Zardari has already excused himself from appearing. His lawyer, Farooq H Naek, submitted a request to NAB to excuse the former president on the basis that he was needed for a case in the Islamabad High Court case.
The petition asked for a date after Eid to appear before the bureau. Whatever date you set after Eid, he will appear, reads the petition. Zardari and his sister MPA Faryal Talpur will be appearing before the Islamabad High Court in a bail extension case.
Bilawal had asked party workers to gather in front of NAB’s office in Rawalpindi.
The Islamabad police were on standby and had already planned to arrest any workers who come for the protest. The IG has ordered a zero tolerance policy and wants the police to enforce Section 144 of the PPC.
Over 2,000 security personnel have been deployed on the Islamabad-Kashmir Highway. All four routes leading to the office have been sealed.
Water canons were called in and were used against workers. At least 40 workers were arrested for trying to breach the NAB office gate, including MNAs Mussarat Rafique Mahesar and Dr Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro. A photographer for the Roznama Pakistan newspaper was also taken into custody.
Some workers managed to breach the police's barriers by arriving before they were set in place.
Senator Sherry Rehman was also there and said this is not a democratic process. They don't even let you protest, she said.