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PML-N candidate for NA-56 Hanif Abbasi. — File photo
PML-N candidate for NA-56 Hanif Abbasi. — File photo

RAWALPINDI: May 8: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate for NA-56, Mohammad Hanif Abbasi, was booked along with 700 supporters for damaging police bus and obstructing the cops from discharging their official duty, police said.

Police said a convoy of political activists led by PML-N candidate Hanif Abbasi was stopped from taking Benazir Bhutto Road for Liaquat Bagh where his party chief Nawaz Sharif was to address a rally.

The rally was coming from Rehmanabad and was stopped at Chandni Chowk as the road had been blocked for vehicular traffic.

They were asked to cover rest of the journey on foot.

The former lawmaker retaliated and started a quarrel with the police deployed at the barrier.

Akbar Abbas, police inspector, who was commanding the police unit at the security check point, tried to convince the PML-N leader but he allegedly refused to obey the police officer and insisted on removing the barrier.

“After the police refused to remove the barrier, the PML-N activists got infuriated and attacked the police bus,” inspector Akbar Abbas said in his complaint adding that the bus driver Jamil Akhtar ran away.

The angry mob damaged the bus windscreen and indicators (lights) and also obstructed the police from discharging their official duty. Finally the police had to retreat.

However, the city police officer, Abdul Razaq Cheema, took notice of the incident and ordered the registration of a criminal case against the former lawmaker.

Apparently, the police are reluctant to take action against the accused, fearing revenge if he returns to the assembly.

Inspector Akbar Abbas, who was complainant in the FIR, refused to give any further details of the incident.

Another police officer responded in the same manner when asked whether the police would arrest the accused nominated in the FIR, he said: “Apparently, the police will not proceed in the case before May 11, but a report attached with the copy of the FIR has been sent to the election commission as it was a violation of code of conduct.”

When the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz contesting candidate Mohammad Hanif Abbasi was contacted on his cellphone, his personal secretary, who gave his name as Amir, said that Mr Abbasi was not available as he was addressing a public meeting at the moment.

Comments (23) Closed

Hasan Hasni May 09, 2013 08:12am

Assure you, all of them will be freed on basis of insufficient evidence as Anjum Aqeel Khan

Syed Faheem May 09, 2013 08:18am

Best news of the day!

Khalil Ahmed May 09, 2013 08:19am

Mr. Abbas has proved that is is ineligible to be a law maker as he is a law breaker. This is just one example. This is what his part leade has been doing thinking if he is in power he is above the law. This has to be changed. Mr. Abbas, if you want to be leader, you should know the first principle of the leadership" lead by example" . The example you have set in this case, does not reflect a moral character, and a disciplined leader who deserve to be in the assembly of Pakistan. Pakistanis reject him as leader. Those days are gone when people like you were misusing the power against respected police officers.

Dilawer May 09, 2013 09:24am

Ban him for life for participating in any election whatsoever. Make him pay for all damages to public property. After that starting other cases against him.

Shahzad Khan May 09, 2013 09:39am

This is exactly what is wrong with these status quo leaders. The road was apparently closed for Nawaz Sharif jalsa itself for security reasons but God forbid why should these elites obey the law, these laws are for poor common people. This is what we want to change with PTI! The status-quo parties simply don't get this - law should be same for ALL.

When police is ordered to shut a road to secure your own jalsa and they are implementing it, RESPECT it, NEVER fight authorities who are performing sensitive duty of implementing law & order. However these leaders consider this an insult. They totally deserve to be thrown out in this elections. IA PTI will do that.

Kamal M Sheikh May 09, 2013 09:41am

Mohammad Hanif Abbasi should be disqualified from contesting the election. This man thinks he is above the law and he wants to be a lawmaker? Where is the ECP? Police should not be afraid of him or his party because they are doing there legitimate duty. Mr. Chief justice please take action and show us that your justice extends beyond party lines.

Canuck May 09, 2013 09:48am


Farhan May 09, 2013 09:59am

:P .. and suchhh are our LAW MAKERS!! one who has no respect of law, will be its protector? His supporters should have put in some sense into him rather than damaging the police bus. ECP should dismiss this PERSON right away! but that too wont ever happen!.. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

Hussain May 09, 2013 10:21am

Lolx... How such damn politician will run our country, who self not obey law and regulation.

They need to be punished for this action

Usman May 09, 2013 10:36am

The man is a criminal and should have been put behind bars a long time ago when his guards murdered a PTI worker.

Uzair May 09, 2013 11:13am

Bravo! our glorified leaders....

Fida Ahmed Advocate May 09, 2013 11:32am

Until the time when the police 'is not reluctant to take action against the powerful', we can not feel the taste of democracy which is best run by the engine of rule of law.

Such bolo May 09, 2013 11:50am

He is crook and should be investigated in multiple crimes

Abdul Malik May 09, 2013 11:54am

Regardless of who Hanif Abbasi is and will be; he MUST be proceeded against because obstructing security arrangements and damaging public/private property is a crime and requires action as per the law. The big question is "does the CEC have the guts to have Hanif Abbasi arrested?"

M J Syed May 09, 2013 11:57am

It is not the severity but the inevitability of punishment which deters the crime. Abbasi should certainly be made to answer and account for his actions. Nawaz Sharif, if he is any bit a leader worth his salt, should support a just and fair punishment. Correct action on moments like this is an essential building block for nations. BUT... would it happen?

IslamKhan May 09, 2013 12:30pm

Disqualify him for LIfe from any pucblic office... He is unfit to be lawmaker. he is law breaker. He did the crime. He MUST do the time . in Jail of course. plus compensation to police officials and Police property.

Baig May 09, 2013 01:06pm

Wait till 12th May, when these thugs will brought to INSAF

Saleem May 09, 2013 01:25pm

This is our traditional above the law 'law makers' ... they make laws for others, these laws dont apply at them. Shameful!

Taj May 09, 2013 01:52pm

These people should have more sense to obey the laws of land but of course laws are made for commoners by these elected peoples. This is main reason why one can not get justice in Pakistan. This VIP culture is tearing away the fabric of society slowly but surely. We want such a system where every one should be accountable for their actions. It does not matter how big or small you are and what status you have in the society in the eye of law you should be equal.

This is even more disgraceful to quarrels with law enforcement agencies when they are trying to protect and enforce law of land.

Salim Akbani May 09, 2013 05:02pm

The feudal party wants to continue its stranglehold over the people by fear and intimidation. This man should go to jail and if PLMN wants to be seen as a credible party, they should throw him out.

ali ahmed May 09, 2013 06:03pm

dont worry mr Abbasi...PML-N is above law...nothing will happen instead police officer will be punished

Alam Khan May 09, 2013 09:13pm

This is PMLN.

enough said!

Wasim Kayani May 09, 2013 11:18pm

Well, This truly is an example of what ruling elite or people who come to assemblies to make law, break law. Such idiots must be punished severely so set a precedent whereby nobody thinks of breaking the law again. People should remove stooges like these on May 11th. Come on this nation deserves better representatives instead of these morons.