LONDON — Police in London briefly arrested a supporter of the party led by Imran Khan outside Avenfield flats in the British capital on Friday.
Law enforcement took action as political workers from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) clashed in a rowdy confrontation outside the residence of the ousted Pakistani Prime Minister, who now lives in self-exile.
PTI leaders flock to flats in Avenfield, which they say were bought with ‘dirty money’, in solidarity with the former ruling party which has launched a long march against the government led by Shairf .
In the viral clips, several officers can be seen holding PTI activist Shayan Ali and handcuffing him as his mother protests his arrest. The young man was later released after a brief detention.
Shayan Ali was briefly detained and then released by Scotland Yard officers. The scuffle started after police asked PMLN and PTI supporters to break up the protest front at Avenfield’s flat. Then some came out to the back of the apartments where scuffles broke out pic.twitter.com/6py0DGP42m
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) October 28, 2022
“The police released me after a few minutes of detention! PML-N’s attempt to have me arrested failed! Justice Zindabad! Shayan later posted on Twitter in a video in which he can be seen rejoicing after his release.
The police released me after a few minutes of detention! PML-N’s attempt to have me arrested failed! Judge Zindabad! pic.twitter.com/WRAJy0oWj2
— Shayan Ali (@ShayanA2307) October 28, 2022
Supporters of Imran Khan gathered at Avenfield flats and chanted slogans where PML-N supporters staged the counter-protest.
Supporters of the main parties have accused each other of killing journalist Arshad Sharif, the late Pakistani journalist who was shot dead by Kenyan police under “mistaken identity”.
Earlier, the same PTI activist and his party colleagues gathered at London airport to protest against Maryam Nawaz.