Pakistani police on Sunday filed a terrorism case against Imran Khan and more than a dozen PTI leaders for engaging in vandalism, attacking security personnel, and causing unrest outside the judicial complex in Islamabad.
On Saturday, when Mr. Khan came in Islamabad from Lahore to attend a highly anticipated hearing in the Toshakhana case, fights broke out outside the Islamabad Court Complex.
Over 25 security personnel were hurt during the altercation between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf members and police, which prompted Additional District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal to delay the court hearing till March 30.
Case against PTI member
A case was filed against PTI members who had been arrested and sought-after party officials. According to Geo News, the Islamabad Police listed over 17 PTI leaders in the Complaint.
The main gate of the judicial complex and the police check were reportedly destroyed by the workers, according to the FIR, it stated.
According to the FIR, up to 18 persons were arrested for setting the judicial complex on fire, throwing stones, and breaking the building.
“About two police vehicles and seven motorcycles were burned, and the official vehicle of the station house officer (SHO) was damaged,” it added.
A short time after Mr. Khan left for Islamabad to attend the court, more than 10,000 heavily armed Punjab police officers broke into his Zaman Park home in Lahore and arrested hundreds of his party members.
police officers used a power shovel to remove the barricades
To prevent Khan’s arrest in the Toshakhana case, police officers used a power shovel to remove the barricades and tents from the gate of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party chief’s home and eject hundreds of his supporters who had camped there.
They tore down the walls and front gate of the house and searched it. Violence is said to have resulted from PTI workers’ internal resistance to Punjab Police, whose operation ceased afterwards. According to reports, the police operation in Lahore harmed about 10 workers.
PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said on Sunday claimed the party will get cases registered against police officials involved in the “illegal operations” and violence at Mr Khan’s residence.
“Today, a meeting of the legal team has been called. The way in which the police defied the Lahore High Court’s decision entering Imran Khan’s residence has trampled every rule of the home’s sanctity. [things were] stolen. [They] also took away juice boxes. Innocent people were subjected to torture,” he tweeted.
“Defying court order is unforgivable. The high court should guard its judgment. Cases are being registered on all police officers who conducted illegal operations and were involved in violence,” he said.
Imran Khan previously appeared before the Lahore High Court on Friday, assuring the court that he would be prepared to appear before Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Iqbal, who is hearing the corruption case against him, on Saturday.
The PTI leader has been accused of purchasing presents from the Toshakhana state depository at a reduced price and then reselling them for a profit, including a pricey Graff wristwatch that he had been given as the premier.
The Toshakhana was established in 1974 and is a division under the administrative control of the Cabinet Division that houses priceless presents that foreign dignitaries and heads of other governments and states have given to rulers, lawmakers, bureaucrats, and officials.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) disqualified the former cricketer-turned-politician in October of last year because he withheld information about the sales.
In order to punish him for selling the gifts he had acquired as the nation’s prime minister under criminal law, the top electoral body later filed a lawsuit with the district court.
After losing a vote of no confidence, Mr. Khan was removed from office in April of last year, making him the first prime minister of Pakistan to be removed by the National Assembly.
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