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KARACHI: Heavy contingents of police force surrounded the residence of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Haleem Adil Sheikh on Saturday night after he was named in two cases of terrorism and land grabbing.
Gulshan-e-Maymar police lodged an FIR against PTI leader Haleem Adil Sheikh and others on a complaint of the Anti-Encroachment Force on charges of attempt to murder, threats, instigation and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. The FIR was registered by government officer Abdul Waleed.
Police teams conducted a raid and surrounded Shaikh’s residence late Saturday night where they stayed for over an hour and left after checking bail orders. More than six police vans reached Sheikh’s residence.
Earlier, An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Karachi granted pre-arrest bail to PTI leader Haleem Adil Sheikh and three others till May 21 after submitting surety bonds of Rs50,000.
Police said Anti-Encroachment Force Director Abdul Waleed had complained that they received information that unidentified persons were raising construction on a piece of government land in Gulshan-e-Maymar.
Police rushed to the spot where they found construction work on a wall was underway. Police said a person who introduced himself as Fahim started using abusive language and called Haleem Adil Sheikh.
During the telephonic conversation, Sheikh verbally Waheed and threatened him with dire consequences. He also threatened them with removal from their jobs.
Police officials started confiscating the construction material and told the persons present at the scene to stop. However, they resisted, took out a pistol and pointed it at one official and hit their official vehicle with the weapon.
The raiding team overpowered the suspects, arrested Fahim and seized a bag from his possession. The suspects were formally arrested and a case was registered against them.
The Sindh government has issued a notification allowing the Anti-Encroachment Force to formally eliminate encroachments from any government land, greenbelts, societies, footpaths and roads.
The force has been given full powers to register cases. The plaintiff will also be an officer of the force who is fully empowered to carry out court orders.