Pak court orders arrest of lawmakers for threatening woman

Lahore: A Pakistani court on Thursday ordered police to arrest two legislators of Punjab province who have been accused of torturing and threatening a woman.

Justice Waqar Hassan Mir of the Lahore High Court upheld an order issued by Additional District and Sessions Judge Abid Rizwan Abid for the arrest of legislators Chaudhry Allah Rakha and Naveed Anjum, both members of the PML-N.

Justice Mir also directed police to submit a report on the matter within 15 days.

The judge issued the order is response to a petition filed by Shaheen Kanwal, the woman who accused the lawmakers of torturing her and warning her not to hold a press conference to highlight the illegal occupation of her land by Naveed Anjum.

Police registered a case against the legislators on January 7 but did not arrest them.

Kanwal then filed a contempt application in the High Court seeking their arrest.