Singer Salman Ahmed released after brief detention

Singer Salman Ahmed was released after a brief detention in Islamabad on Friday.

The singer was arrested while he was on his way to visit Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan. According to Express News, the singer was arrested from outside Imran’s Bani Gala residence.

Video footage showed the singer being dragged by Islamabad police into a police van. The singer was heard questioning Islamabad police as to why he was being arrested. “What law have I violated,” he asked.

Moments before his arrest, Ahmed tweeted, “Getting ready for Jazba Junoon.”

Later talking to reporters, Ahmad said, “They were dragging me inside the police van…If they can do this to someone of my stature… what will they do to a layman?”

He added, “The flood [workers] which is coming to Islamabad on Nov 2 will drown them [government]”.

Earlier during the day, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid claimed Rawalpindi police arrested his driver and guard.

Sheikh Rashid dares police to arrest him as tensions mount in Rawalpindi

The arrest comes as PTI and AML workers clashed with police at Rawalpindi’s Committee Chowk near Lal Haveli.

Police fired teargas shells at Committee Chowk to disperse the party workers from gathering following the imposition of Section 144 in the twin cities.

Law enforcers laid siege to the Bani Gala late Thursday night hours after a crackdown was launched against PTI supporters. The opposition party responded by announcing nationwide protests against what it called ‘terrorism’ of the government.

Bani Gala ‘under siege’ after crackdown on PTI

Police detained dozens of PTI workers — including women — for violating Section 144 which the administration had imposed in the morning. Television footage showed police scuffling with Imran’s supporters before bundling them into prison vans and whisking them away.