DJ Butt arrested ahead of PDM’s Lahore meeting

DJ Butt in the custody of Lahore Police.

Lahore’s Model Town Police on Wednesday arrested DJ Butt at Bank Square over alleged violation of coronavirus safety rules.

Later, a CCTV footage showed police shifting Butt to Model Town Police Station. There were reports that another case was being registered against Butt for allegedly keeping unlicensed weapons.
Apparently, Butt has been arrested because he has rented his sound system to the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), which is going to hold an anti-government rally in Lahore on December 13. PDM is an alliance of 11 opposition parties currently trying to topple the federal government led by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Muhammad Asif Butt, aka DJ Butt, became popular when he was playing music at PTI public meetings in Islamabad back in 2014. Later, he parted ways with the PTI over alleged nonpayment of dues by the then opposition party.

Butt was arrested during an anti-government sit-in in Islamabad in 2014 for working with the PTI, which was the most active opposition political party at that time and giving the ruling PML-N a really tough time inside and outside the parliament.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was leading a vigorous anti-government movement at that time, had described Butt’s arrest as an act of political victimisation and questioned the law under which his party workers were being arrested. Butt too had declared his arrest an act of political victimisation on part of the then ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

On Wednesday, as police arrived at his workplace to arrest him, Butt had an argument with the policemen and questioned their action. He put up resistance before he was handcuffed and shifted to the police lockup.

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