76-year-old Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker, Advocate Shamsa Ali, has claimed that she was harassed by the Punjab police who raided her house late night on Monday.
Shamsa Ali, who is the sole caretaker for her blind, 88-year-old husband, says she was visited by the police at 1:45 AM on Monday night. There were eight uniformed policemen and four men in plain clothes, as well as a police van and two bikes.
She says a police official asked her to verify her identity, at which she told them that she is an advocate of the Supreme Court, She informed the police officials about her husband’s age and blindness, as well as her own age, and asked the officials why they were harassing them.
According to Shamsa, an SHO asked her to sign a document and produced some papers in front of her. When asked about the contents of the document, she claims she was told that she needs to confirm that she will not be traveling to Islamabad.
“There was a very harsh argument between me and the SHO, as I refused to sign or open the door,” she said, adding that after a very heated altercation, the police team left.
Shamsa alleges that the team that showed up at her house did not have a single female police officer, and she says they just ‘came and harassed a 76-year-old female’.
The Punjab police conducted several late-night raids on the houses of prominent PTI leaders such as Sheikh Rasheed and Usman Dar, ahead of the party’s planned long march to Islamabad on May 25.
The raids took place two days after former human rights minister Shireen Mazari was arrested and subsequently released, following which PTI chairperson Imran Khan announced May 25 as the date for the long march on Sunday.