Surfacing after months, PTI's Hammad Azhar escapes police arrest in Islamabad

Former federal minister says he received a message from PTI founder Imran Khan to come out of hiding

Haider Sherazi
Surfacing after months, PTIs Hammad Azhar escapes police arrest in Islamabad
Former minister Hammad Azhar poses for picture with party spokesperson Raoof Hasan at PTI Central Secretariat in Islamabad on May 22, 2024. — X/@Hammad_Azhar
  • Azhar says he will go to Peshawar to secure pre-arrest bail.
  • “All leaders including Murad Saeed will come out of hiding."
  • Islamabad police raid PTI's office to arrest former minister. 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Hammad Azhar resurfaced in public on Wednesday almost a year after he went into hiding in the wake of crackdown on the party members following May 9 incidents.

“Yesterday, I received a message from the PTI founder [Imran Khan] that it’s time to come out of hiding,” said Azhar as he visited the PTI’s Central Secretariat office in Islamabad.

The PTI leader said he would go to Peshawar to secure pre-arrest bail as he has been booked in several cases in connection with May 9 riots that broke out in the country last year after the arrest of PTI founder in corruption case.

“All leaders including Murad Saeed will come out of hiding,” he added.

As soon as the authorities came to know about the PTI leader’s whereabouts, Islamabad police personnel surrounded the party’s secretariat in the federal capital to arrest him.

However, Azhar left the party’s office before the arrival of the police.

In a post on X, PTI Secretary General Omar Ayub condemned the police raid on the PTI’s office.

“Rauf Hassan sahib's attackers have not been traced or arrested yet, but the police 'miraculously ' came to know that Hammad Azhar had visited PTIs Central Office,” he said.

Azhar also posted a picture of him with PTI Information Secretary Raoof Hasan, who suffered facial injury after alleged transgender persons attacked him in the face using blade.

“You attack one, you attack all!” he wrote in the caption.

Hammad, the acting president of PTI Punjab chapter, did not contest the February 8 general elections as his nomination papers were rejected.

He served as energy minister during the tenure of PTI-led government from 2018 to 2022.