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The sword of arrest hangs over the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan. Islamabad police arrived at his house in Zaman Park to arrest him on Tuesday afternoon. During this, the police had to contend with his supporters who had gathered in his support outside his home.
Water cannon and tear gas were used to disperse PTI workers gathered outside Imran Khan’s Zaman Park residence in Lahore. Imran’s supporters also pelted stones at the police. The clash between the police and supporters who came to arrest Imran Khan was also televised live.
It can be clearly seen that the police are slowly moving towards Imran Khan’s residence in armored vehicles. During this, the supporters blocked the way of the police, the police dispersed the PTI supporters with water cannons to remove them.
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Significantly, a district and sessions court in Islamabad had again issued an arrest warrant against Imran on Monday. The reason for issuing the warrant against him was that he was continuously absent from the ongoing hearing against him in the Toshakhana case. The court had also directed the police to produce Imran Khan before the court by March 18.
Meanwhile, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhary, while talking to Madia, said that the arrest warrant against Imran has been challenged in the Islamabad High Court (IHC). The hearing is expected soon. Speaking to the media about two hours after the police arrived, PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the officers should not put people’s lives at risk. He said the concerned officer should come and talk to him.
He said, ‘I will speak to him and then discuss it with Imran. He further said that the workers know that they need to behave peacefully. He said, ‘If they have a warrant, they should show it to me. I should read it, I should understand it, then I will talk to Imran.
A sessions court in Islamabad issued a non-bailable arrest warrant to Imran Khan for threatening a female judge. According to a Geo News report, Khan was booked on August 20 for threatening judicial magistrate Jeba Chowdhary and police officers with “terror” at a rally in F-9 Park.
Imran Khan, instead of being present at the hearing, filed a petition for exemption from appearing physically before the judge. Requested permission to attend the court proceedings via video link.
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Two courts have issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Imran in separate cases, however, he repeatedly failed to appear before them and instead, held a massive rally in Lahore on Sunday. It has also been announced to hold a “historic” rally next Sunday.
In connection with the Toshakhana case, the Islamabad police also arrived in Lahore on 5 March, but were told that Khan was not at his home in Zaman Park, resulting in them leaving empty-handed.
Earlier the Islamabad court had reserved its verdict on the plea of the former prime minister seeking to be exempted from hearing the case. Last week, the IHC stayed the non-bailable arrest warrant issued by a local court on the PTI chief due to his frequent absence. However, in the context of Sunday’s Lahore rally, many international journalists have tweeted that Imran Khan is the most popular leader in Pakistan at the moment. Whenever an attempt is made to arrest him, a large number of supporters and workers of his party take to the streets.