The Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench, on Monday, directed the city police to ensure the recovery of Awami Muslim League (AML) chief, Sheikh Rashid, within a week. Rashid’s lawyer, Sardar Abdul Raziq Khan, claimed on September 17 that the AML chief was apprehended from his residence by unidentified men in plain clothes.
Alongside him, Rashid’s nephew, Sheikh Shakir, and houseworker, Sheikh Imran, were also reportedly taken to an undisclosed location. Yet, in a subsequent report submitted to the court, City Police Officer (CPO) Khalid Hamdani clarified that Rashid was neither arrested nor in their custody. During the recent hearing, while the return of Rashid’s nephew and worker was acknowledged, the court was adamant about locating and presenting Rashid.
Sealing of Lal Haveli’s Residence
In a parallel development, the sealing of Sheikh Rashid’s residence, Lal Haveli, was addressed in a hearing by Justice Mirza Waqas Rauf. Raziq, representing Rashid, contended that the property was sealed without prior notice despite an existing court order regarding a unit of Lal Haveli. The additional attorney general highlighted that the decision to seal was based on directives from the Evacuee Trust Property Board chairman and assured the court that detailed responses from the ETPB would be submitted by the upcoming week. The next hearing on this matter is scheduled for October 11.