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Pakistan: Farmers’ leader taken into custody in Lahore

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The President of Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI), Chaudhry Anwar, was taken into custody by the Raiwind police on Monday.
In November 2020, Anwar had led a protest in the provincial capital, demanding Rs 2,000 per 40 kg wheat support price and Rs 300 per kg for sugarcane, besides flat power rate of Rs5 per unit for the farm tubewells. However, in the ensuing clash with police one of the protesters, Ashfaq Langrial, had died.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz alleges that the police are aiming at forcing Anwar to withdraw the petition he had filed for registration of a murder case against police over the protester’s death.
“The Punjab government had been pressing Chaudhry Anwar to withdraw his application for registration of the murder case. On his persistent refusal, the Raiwind police arrested him from his residence,” Punjab PML-N President Rana Sanaullah Khan said on Monday.
“The ‘puppet government’ which had been claiming to champion the cause of farmers’ rights, is harassing farmers’ leadership through arrests,” he said, adding that Modi in India and Imran Khan in Pakistan had become sworn enemies of the farming community.
A police source says Chaudhry Anwar was arrested from Multan by the Raiwind police on a complaint of an overseas Pakistani, who alleged he had given Rs 32 million in cash besides some machinery for an agriculture project to the farmer leader.
The complainant alleged life threats were hurled at him when he demanded his money back.

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