Police enter Pak Punjab Assembly, arrest lawmakers for creating rowdy

Lahore, April 16 (IANS): In an unprecedented move, police entered the assembly hall of Pakistan’s Punjab and arrested at least four members of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for attacking the vice president and creating heckling, media reported.

Videos from inside the assembly hall show police in riot gear trying to expel members of the hall who had blocked the House’s proceedings, Samaa TV reported. These are the members who attacked Vice President Dost Muhammad Mazari.

The Assembly met on Saturday to elect the new chief minister, but the session turned violent as soon as it began.

The members of the PTI brought “lotas” with them which they threw in the assembly hall. When Mazari arrived on the dias to preside over the session, PTI members hit him with “lotas”.

Mazari was even slapped by the members after which he was escorted out by the Sergeant-at-Arms.

After the violence, the anti-riot force which was positioned in the premises of the Assembly entered the Assembly Hall. However, they were later forced to leave after members of the PTI objected to their presence.

According to the single-item agenda released by the Assembly Secretariat, the vote for the new chief minister will take place on Saturday.

Hamza Shahbaz of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) takes on Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi of Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PMLQ).

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