PML-N calls for 'immediate arrest' of Hassaan Niazi, resumption of PIC operations.


ISLAMABAD -- PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Friday called for the "immediate arrest" of Prime Minister Imran Khan's nephew Hassaan Niazi for his "involvement in the attack" by lawyers on Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) in Lahore earlier this week.

Aurangzeb also urged the Punjab government to allow PIC - which has been sealed - to resume its operations.

"They said that the police raided the residence of Imran Khan's nephew, but he was not found. There is no case registered against Hassaan Niazi despite his clear involvement in the incident. He must be arrested immediately. The incident must be thoroughly probed and the hospital unsealed," said Aurangzeb.

"People from all over the country would go to that hospital and now because of this incompetent, unqualified government, it lies sealed."

The PML-N leader lashed out at the PTI-led government for seeming "helpless" in the aftermath of the attack.

"We witnessed a complete collapse of the Punjab government. Those who used to challenge the writ of the state in 2014, who smashed open the heads of police officers at D-Chowk, we ask them: Where was the Punjab government that day? They were told that the lawyers were walking to the hospital that day."

Niazi, on the day of the attack, had taken to Twitter to "condemn [his] own self", while reacting to footage of an eyewitness describing the harassment of patients that took place, including his sister whose "[oxygen] mask was taken off and she died".

"After watching this clip I feel ashamed of myself. This is murder!!! My support and protest was limited to initiation of legal action against the concerned doctors. I only stand for peaceful protests," he wrote.

"It's [a] sad day and I condemn my own self for supporting this protest now."

The PML-N leader said that the government had "lied" in its written response to a set of questions submitted to the parliament.

"When they were asked what amount of money was recovered through the Asset Recovery Unit and what expenses were incurred in the...

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