The raid happened as Imran Khan was on the way in which to court docket to face expenses of illegally promoting state presents
Pakistani law enforcement officials stormed the house of former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday as he was on the way in which to the capital, Islamabad to look in court docket in a corruption case. The raid turned violent as police clashed with Khan’s supporters.
Footage shared on social media exhibits officers breaking the primary gate on the ex-PM’s residence in Lahore within the nation’s east. One other clip launched by Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) celebration on Twitter seems to point out police brutally beating supporters with sticks and batons.
Pakistani officers say 30 individuals had been arrested throughout the raid, as they moved to clear the blockade arrange by Khan’s supporters close to his home. Suhail Sukhera, the officer in control of the operation, stated that activists resisted by throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.
“Punjab police have led an assault on my home in Zaman Park the place Bushra Begum is alone. Below what legislation are they doing this?” the previous prime minister tweeted, referring to his spouse.
He additionally claimed that the raid was performed, not to make sure that he would seem in court docket, “however was meant to take me away to jail in order that I’m unable to steer our election marketing campaign.”
The raid got here after a number of days of clashes with Khan’s supporters round the home, as police tried to arrest the beleaguered politician for not exhibiting up in court docket. Later, nevertheless, the arrest warrant was suspended by the Pakistani Excessive Court docket.
In a tweet on Saturday, Khan claimed that the federal government meant to arrest him. He added that “regardless of realizing their malafide intentions, I’m continuing to Islamabad and the court docket as a result of I consider in rule of legislation.”
Khan, who grew to become prime minister in 2018, was ousted in 2022 in a non-confidence vote and is embroiled in dozens of authorized disputes. Amongst different issues, he’s accused of illegally promoting state presents valued at round $2 million that got to him by overseas dignitaries whereas he was in workplace. He has denied the allegations, claiming they’re politically motivated.
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