Imran Khan arrest: Temporary respite for ex-Pak PM as Lahore court orders police to stand down till tomorrow
A court in Pakistan’s Lahore provided temporary relief to Imran Khan as it issued an order to the police to halt its bid to arrest the former Prime Minister till 10 am tomorrow morning.
The court’s order came after tensions prevailed outside Imran Khan’s Lahore residence as his supporters clashed with the Pakistani police, early Wednesday morning, leaving several protesters and some cops wounded.
According to reports, dressed in riot gear, the Pakistani police—who yesterday arrived at the Pakistan-Tehreek-E-Insaf (PTI) chief’s Lahore home to arrest him—fought pitched battles with the cricketer-turned politician’s supporters and his party workers leading to chaos in the Pakistani city.
Reports quoting eyewitnesses said the police baton charged Khan’s supporters and also fired tear gas cannisters, some of which landed inside the house, on the lawns of the former PM. The raucous crowd hurled stones at the cops leading to many of the policemen sustaining injuries.
Videos shared by Khan’s PTI party showed tear gas shells landing on the lawns of Khan’s house. They also alleged that the police resorted to live firing on the crowd.
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Imran Khan sharing videos and images of live bullets, allegedly fired at the crow, in a tweet claimed that the police fired live rounds on the protesters despite him signing a surety bond which the DIG refused to entertain.
He wrote: “From tear gas & water cannons, they have now resorted to live firing. I signed a surety bond last evening, but the DIG refused to even entertain it. There is no doubt of their mala fide intent,” Imran Khan further claimed in a tweet sharing a video in which supporters of the former prime minister are showing bullets.”
Khan’s PTI party celebrating the court order, tweeted a video of the former PM’s celebrating outside his house. “The police and rangers sent to harm Imran Khan were pushed back by the people,” PTI wrote along with the video.
Another video posted by PTI showed Imran Khan, donning a mask, meeting his supporters and party workers outside his Lahore home.
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