Pak court orders registration of case against Imran's close ally for 'incitement of violence'

A Pakistani court on Monday ordered registration of a case against Awami Muslim League head and Imran Khan's close ally Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed for "incitement of violence" during an anti-government rally earlier this month.

PTI| Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014, 22:47 PM IST

Lahore: A Pakistani court on Monday ordered registration of a case against Awami Muslim League head and Imran Khan's close ally Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed for "incitement of violence" during an anti-government rally earlier this month.

District and sessions court Nankana Sahib Judge Rana Nisar issued the order against Rasheed for making a "provocative speech" and attempting to incite violence during a rally by Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on November 12 in Nankana Sahib, some 80 kilometres from Lahore.

A ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) local office-bearer had filed the petition in the court requesting registration of a case against Rasheed for inciting the people for violence.

Rasheed, 64, had asked people to come out of their houses, come what may, to "either kill or get killed" and reach a PTI rally in Islamabad on November 30.

In his response, Rasheed, who has also been issued an arrest warrant in connection with the attack on Pakistan Television (PTV) building and the parliament, said that he was not afraid of going to prison.

"If I am arrested I will happily go to prison as I am not afraid of such cases," he said.

The anti-terrorism court in Islamabad had also issued arrest warrants for Imran Khan, Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Tahirul Qadri, but the two leaders have not been arrested yet.

Qadri and PTI chief Imran Khan launched their protests in a bid to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on August 14 and had vowed to remain in Islamabad till the removal of government led by him.