Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) "Jail Bharo Tehreek" kicked off on Wednesday as party leader Malik Amir Dogar surrendered before police in Multan.
As per details, PTI and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers clashed with each other outside the office of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) when nomination papers for the NA-155 constituency were being submitted.
The ECP, taking notice of the incident, directed action against the culprits. Soon after, police raided the guest house (dera) of Dogar, and arrested him along with 10 PTI workers.
CCPO Rana Mansoor confirmed that a raid was carried out at the guest house of Dogar and 10 workers were arrested in the raid.
“If my workers have been detained, I will also go with you," the local media quoted Dogar as saying to the police.
Police also said that action would be taken against PML-N workers involved in the clash.
PTI workers protested against the arrest and set ablaze tyres, blocking a main road in Multan.
Senior PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry told a local news channel that with Dogar's arrest, his party's Jail Bharo agitation movement has kicked off.
Taking to Twitter, PTI leader Farrukh Habib condemned the arrest. "PDM should stop using dirty tactics and Amir Dogar should be released immediately," he said.
Former finance minister and senior PTI leader Asad Umar termed the arrest another example of growing fascism in the country.
Police also arrested PML-N candidate Sheikh Tariq Rashid and Senator Rana Mahmoodul Hasan along with several party workers following the scuffle.
Dogar and PTI workers were taken to Cantt police station whereas Sheikh Tariq and PML-N workers were shifted to Saddar police station.