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Attempts to arrest PTI Chairman, former Prime Minister Imran Khan have been going on in Lahore since yesterday, at which time a heavy contingent of Rangers arrived outside Zaman Park.
The police advanced early in the morning from 3 sides of Dharampura, Mall Road and Sunder Das Road towards Zaman Park, reached Gate No. 1 but after stone pelting and attacks by PTI workers, the police were forced to retreat.
Water cannons, motorbikes, fire brigades were set on fire
Demonstrators set off police water cannons, damaged police vehicles, and burnt traffic wardens’ motorbikes.
Rescue 1122 fire tender arrived to extinguish the fire and the workers also set it on fire.
Washing PTI workers
The police retaliated by charging PTI workers, and dousing them with water cannons.
Stones were removed, cannons were fired, sticks were thrown down
PTI workers pelted stones, fired grenades, and threw sticks.
DIG Islamabad and other officers injured due to stone pelting
DIG Islamabad Shahzad Bukhari, SP Amara Shirazi, DPO Sheikhupora and 33 police officers and one civilian were injured in the stone pelting.
The police fired shells and some shells also fell inside Imran Khan’s house.
PTI workers damaged the mall road, cut fancy lights, uprooted trees, broke the tuff tiles on the footpath and threw stones at the police, after the clash, the mall road was cleared.
15 PTI workers were arrested
More than 15 PTI workers were arrested by the police.
Imran Khan’s non-bailable arrest warrant restored
It should be noted that the Islamabad court restored the arrest warrant of non-bailable Imran Khan while issuing a reserved judgment on the immunity petition filed by Chairman PTI in the Tosha Khana case.
The court had ordered the police to arrest and produce Imran Khan on March 18. It is the job of the police to produce Imran Khan in the court.
The court also rejected Imran Khan’s plea for exemption from being present, after which the PTI chairman’s non-bailable arrest warrant was reinstated.