LAHORE: Dr. Yasmin Rashid, leading figure of the central Punjab division of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), experienced another round of detainment in Lahore on Sunday, immediately following her liberation from custody by the Lahore High Court (LHC).
Just two days prior, the court had put a halt to the incarceration of the previous provincial health minister, along with 17 other female associates of the rival party. They had been apprehended under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO), leading the court to mandate their discharge.
Despite this, Lahore’s law enforcement agency proceeded to re-detain Dr. Rashid on the basis of multiple other charges lodged against her at several city police stations. These charges, all linked to acts of terrorism, were officially registered at Sarwar Road, Gulberg, and Shadman police stations.
Following her arrest, the septuagenarian political figure was escorted to the Services Hospital in Lahore due to some health-related issues. The hospital personnel carried out a series of tests, citing that Dr. Rashid has been grappling with several health complications attributable to her advanced age.
Bilal Siddique Kamyana, the chief of Lahore’s police force, visited the hospital to check on Dr. Rashid’s health condition. He further consulted with the hospital’s medical team regarding her potential transfer to the Police Lines.
The medical team, however, stated that their final opinion would be formed upon reviewing her medical reports the next morning. During Kamyana’s visit, a substantial number of female police officers were stationed at the hospital.
The precise reasons behind Dr. Rashid’s continued detention and recurrent arrests remain undisclosed, just as the specifics of her health complications have yet to be made public.