Pakistan Tenpin Bowling Federation president demands justice against police highhandedness
Pakistan Tenpin Bowling Federation president Ijaz Ur Rehman has requested Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar and Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) Minister Dr Fehmida Mirza to provide him justice and take civil lines police to task for unlawfully raiding his Leisure Citi Bowling Club located at Jinnah Park, Rawalpindi and arresting his son in the name of violation of loudspeaker act.
Ijaz, who is Pakistan’s arguably most seasoned international bowler and won National Tenpin Bowling Championship thrice in his glittering career, said his son Shahrukh and others were enjoying tenpin bowling when all of a sudden Civil Lines Police raided the club and took his son and others to police station in the name of loudspeaker act violation, which is completely incorrect.
“I am running the bowling club for last 20 months or so and we never for a while even tried to misuse loudspeakers. We know rules and regulations and sensitivity of the area as large number masses including families come to arena and enjoy indoor activities.”
Ijaz further said the matter of fact is members of an influential family came last night to club and wanted discount.
“Upon refusal, they warned us of dire consequences and soon after their departure police party raided and arrested not only my son but also those who were enjoying bowling at the club,” he added.
“I manage to get release my son on Wednesday after paying Rs 25,000 fine. I request the PM, CM and IPC Minister to take notice of police highhandedness and provide me justice. We never raise sound system value to such extent that sound goes out of park limits as we are aware of the fact that highly important dignitaries reside nearby. I reserve the right to start legal proceedings against Civil Lines Police for disturbing indoor sports activities, harassing and arresting my son. I am filing the petition with High Court and I am very much confident that I will get justice,” Ijaz concluded.
Meanwhile, a civil lines police spokesman when contacted said that judges and high profile personalities residences are adjacent to Jinnah park and they took action on the complaints of residents.