As per the Ministry of Interior, nearly 1800 rioters have been apprehended, countrywide, by law enforcement agencies for being allegedly involved in vandalism and harassment of citizens during protests led by far-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).
The Interior Ministry provided the number of arrestees who had been booked under relevant sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).
According to details, the demonstrations, which were followed by a Supreme Court verdict acquitting Asia Bibi, caused massive loss to the country, in which the rioters reportedly set ablaze vehicles and properties, in addition to torturing fellow countrymen.
In Islamabad, 700 people have been booked in cases, 56 arrested and 26 have been remanded. The order to imprison 19 rioters under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) has also been issued.
Moreover, 70 rioters have been taken into custody from Sheikhupura.
In Karachi, cases have been registered in 34 police stations across the metropolis against rioters. In Lahore, eight suspects have been sent on a 14-day physical remand.
A case has also been registered against former MNA Aslam Kachela and 300 others in Sargodha, whereas, seven have been booked in DI Khan.