The two senior leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party arrested, Shireen Mazari and Yasmin Rashid, on Friday.
The arrests come from violent protests nationwide, resulting in several deaths and thousands of arrests. Shireen Mazari’s daughter, Imaan Hazir-Mazari, confirmed the arrest and shared a video on Twitter that showed men in plain clothes forcefully entering their home to arrest the former minister.
A video also showed female officers taking Shireen away from her residence. The PTI tweeted that Mazari was being “abducted” and called the police action “extremely shameful.”
Yasmin Rashid, a prominent PTI leader, was also taken into custody. The party called her their “Iron Lady” and stated that the arrests would not deter their movement, adding that “Pakistan has changed forever.”
The arrests of Mazari and Rashid follow the detention of several other PTI leaders, including Imran Khan, who was arrested on May 9. Authorities have already detained Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Fawad Chaudhry, Jamshed Iqbal Cheema, Falaknaz Chitrali, Musarrat Jamshed Cheema, Maleeka Bokhari, Ijaz Chaudhry, and Ali Mohammad Khan.
The protests, which began in response to the arrest of Imran Khan, have led to the blocking of highways, main entry, and exit routes to major cities, and the burning of state buildings, police, and public vehicles. The violence has also rampaged through army installations.
The situation in Pakistan remains tense, and the government has called for calm and urged the public to cooperate with the authorities.