April 1, 2023

Officers from Islamabad Police traveled to former Pakistan PM’s residence in Lahore in reference to alleged unlawful buy and sale of presents obtained from international dignitaries when he was prime minister.

Officers have arrived on the residence of former Prime Minister Imran Khan in a bid to arrest him in a case associated to the acquisition and sale of presents.

In a collection of tweets on Sunday, the police mentioned Khan was “avoiding” arrest after officers arrived at his dwelling in Lahore, including {that a} police superintendent had “gone to the room” however the 70-year-old was not there.

On Tuesday, an Islamabad periods court docket issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for the previous PM for avoiding hearings in reference to the unlawful buy and sale of presents obtained from international dignitaries when he was prime minister. Khan has denied the costs.

Khan was faraway from energy in April final yr after he misplaced a parliamentary vote of confidence and is dealing with dozens of instances in opposition to him, starting from “terrorism” to corruption.

On Sunday, police officers, who had traveled from the capital Islamabad, had been seen outdoors the doorway of Khan’s Zaman Park residence within the jap metropolis of Lahore.

Khan’s supporters and members of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) social gathering gathered of their a whole lot to protest in opposition to the arrest of their social gathering head.

Islamabad Police Inspector Normal Akbar Nasir Khan informed Geo Information TV channel that the group went to Lahore to arrest Khan and never simply to serve the warrant.

Nasir added that in line with the legislation, step one of a non-bailable arrest warrant was to serve discover to the accused and make the arrest instantly.

Throughout a public occasion on Sunday, Inside Minister Rana Sanaullah mentioned the police got here to serve the warrant and can subsequently replace the court docket.

Talking to journalists outdoors Khan’s dwelling, PTI social gathering chief and former info minister Fawad Chaudhry confirmed that the police had come to execute the warrant.

“Police says Imran Khan is avoiding arrest. Nevertheless, the police’s insistence to arrest Khan is against the law,” he mentioned. “They need Imran Khan to go to court docket the place safety is lax and there is a danger to his life.”

PTI vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi mentioned discussions with the social gathering’s authorized group will happen earlier than deciding on any future plan of action afterward Sunday.

“We’re a political social gathering, we are going to react politically. We’ll strategize. Imran Khan’s life is in danger. He has already suffered an assault, and we worry there’s one other assault deliberate. We’ve to guard him from it,” Qureshi informed reporters.

“Imran Khan has protecting bail. The federal government is making an attempt to create a law-and-order scenario.”

In November final yr, the 70-year-old former nationwide cricket captain was shot within the leg when his anti-government protest convoy got here underneath assault. within the metropolis of Wazirabad,

Certainly one of Khan’s supporters died after sustaining bullet wounds whereas greater than a dozen individuals had been injured.

Abid Hussain contributed to this report from Islamabad

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