LAHORE: At least 1734 persons including politicians, workers and lawyers have been arrested so far in Punjab since the imposition of emergency. Very few of them have been released on bail while most of the arrested persons were shipped to various jails of the province after their production in courts.
Interior Secretary Punjab Khusro Pervez said that police have arrested 1734 political workers and lawyers in the province on violation of Act 144 of the Pakistan Penal Code. No gathering of four or more persons is allowed in the province under 144 Act and the arrests have been made on violation of this Act, he said.
He said that there was no restriction on visitors to meet the arrested persons and denied the reports that former president of Supreme Court Bar Association Hamid Khan has been arrested.