RAWALPINDI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) workers and supporters on Tuesday staged a protest demonstration in front of Benazir Bhutto’s memorial at Liaquat Bagh against the arrest of former president and party leader Asif Ali Zardari.

Led by PPP district president Chaudhry Zaheer Sultan and district women wing chief Sumaira Gul, the protesters were carrying placards inscribed with their demand to release Mr Zardari and ‘We do not accept one-sided accountability.’

They also chanted slogans against the PTI government and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) authorities.

Speakers on the occasion termed the arrest of Mr Zardari a political victimisation. They said the government wanted to suppress the voice of the citizens.

They said the PPP was united under the leadership of Mr Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

The protesters said the party would launch a protest movement against the government in coming days on the call of the party leadership.

They said NAB was arresting opposition leaders just to conceal the PTI government’s failure to deliver and provide relief to the citizens.

The government has made the lives of the people miserable by increasing prices of essential commodities, they added.

Published in Dawn, June 12th, 2019