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LEAs come into action as masked gunman enters Red Zone

Islamabad   –   Secretariat police on Monday arrested a masked man who stormed into Red Zone with a pistol and a kitchen knife and started shouting in front of Parliament House.

The accused has been identified as Malik Sohail Awan, 41, a rickshaw driver, against whom a case was also registered with Police Station Secretariat. Police also seized the pistol, knife and motorcycle from his possession.

“The detainee seems mentally disturbed and arrived here in Red Zone with a pistol without bullets and a knife to seek attention of top government functionaries as he (detainee) thought the politicians are not loyal to this country and Pakistan is facing threats,” said a senior police officer.

According to sources, a 41-year-old man arrived in capital on a motorcycle at 12pm and managed to reach outside Parliament House while breaching the tight security arrangements made by police and other LEAs. They said the man, who was covering his face with white shawl, took out a pistol and knife and started roaming in Red Zone while shouting against the politicians. 

The unexpected and surprised entry of the man jolted the security force personnel deputed in the Red Zone, they said. The masked man having a gun in hand also attempted to halt the movement of traffic in Red Zone, sources said. 

Incharge of Red Zone Security alerted the Safe City Headquarters officials as well as PS Secretariat officials who rushed to the scene to overwhelm the masked man. 

Security personnel managed to get hold of the masked gunman and took pistol and knife from him, they said.

Sources disclosed that the masked man was taken to PS Secretariat where a First Information Report (FIR) under sections 341/506ii/353/186/188 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) has been registered. A senior police officer told The Nation that the arrested man has been identified as Malik Sohail Awan residing in Fateh Jang in a rented house along with family. He said the man is a rickshaw driver and came to capital on a motorcycle. He said the detainee stated before police investigators that since Pakistan is passing through a very critical phase and the leadership and politicians are not loyal to the country so he decided to come forward to save his beloved country. The police officer said that detainee pledged to render any kind of sacrifice for the betterment and uplift of country. He said the masked man also stated before investigators that conspiracies are being hatched against his beloved country and nobody in capital is trying to foil the moves made by the enemies of homeland.

“Malik Sohail Awan, who has three daughters and a son, seems mentally retarted and wanted to seek attention of high ups of country by staging this drama because he thought he could convey his message to those sitting at the helm of affairs,” the police officer said. On a question, the police officer said the pistol recovered from possession of Malik Sohail was without bullets and his intention was not to harm anyone. “Anyhow, he committed a crime and police held him besides filing a case against him,” he said.

He informed police also summoned family of the accused and were being interviewed. He said police are investigating the case from all angles.

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