Toshakhana Case: Pak Police Reaches Imran Khan's Residence to Arrest Him; Party Issues SOS to Workers
Last Updated: March 05, 2023, 15:49 IST
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has appealed to party workers to arrive at Imran Khan’s residence to stop his arrest. (Image: Reuters/File)
Imran Khan, who has been recovering from a gunshot injury, has skipped indictment hearings thrice in the Islamabad sessions court
Pakistan police arrived at former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Lahore residence on Sunday with an arrest warrant in connection with the Toshakhana case.
The move comes after a session court issued a non-bailable warrant against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief in the Toshakhana case after his repeated failure to appear before the court, The Dawn reported.
The 70-year-old former PM, who has been recovering from a gunshot injury from an assassination attempt in Wazirabad last year, has skipped indictment hearings thrice in the Islamabad sessions court.
However, when the Islamabad police arrived at Imran Khan’s Lahore residence, there were a large number of PTI workers, who gathered outside his residence fearing his arrest.
The PTI had appealed all the party workers to immediately arrive at Imran Khan’s residence to stop his probable arrest. PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said a nationwide protest will be called if Khan is arrested.
Any attempt to arrest Imran Khan will be extremely destabilising for a propped up regime that is already under stress.— Hammad Azhar (@Hammad_Azhar) March 5, 2023
“Any attempt to arrest Imran Khan will seriously worsen the situation,” Chaudhry said.
“I want to warn this incompetent and anti-Pakistan government not to push Pakistan into further crisis and act sensibly,” he added.
عمران خان کی گرفتاری کی کوئ بھی کوشش حالات کو شدید خراب کر دے گی، میں اس نا اھل اور پاکستان دشمن حکومت کو خبردار کرنا چاہ رہا پاکستان کو مزید بحران میں نہ دھکیلیں اور ہوش سے کام لیں، کارکنان زمان پارک پہنچ جائیں— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 5, 2023
Imran Khan, meanwhile, attacked the government by saying that what else can the future of a country have when crooks are made rulers.
What future can a country have when crooks are thrust as rulers upon it? SS was about to be convicted by NAB for Rs 8 bn money laundering & by FIA for another Rs 16 bn corruption when he was rescued by Gen Bajwa who kept getting NAB cases trial postponed. While under trial he was— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 5, 2023
In a series of tweets, he attacked former army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa for postponing the trial of a money laundering case against Shehbaz Sharif.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz took a dig at Imran Khan by urging her father Nawaz Sharif to lend some courage to the PTI chief.
بات سنیں @NawazSharifMNS تھوڑی سی بہادری عمران خان کو ادھار دے دیں پلیز 🙏🏼— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) March 5, 2023
Sources told News18 that Imran Khan will be taken to Islamabad once he is arrested. Meanwhile, the police have warned legal action against those who obstruct the legal process.
As per the latest reports, a team of Islamabad Police is inside Imran Khan’s House in Zaman Park. However, Imran Khan is not cooperating with law officers.
Inspector General of Islamabad Police said that Imran Khan was served notice, which was the first step. Now, the police team has arrived at Zaman Park to arrest the former Pakistani PM today. He requested PTI workers and public to cooperate with the police.
Additional sessions judge Zafar Iqbal had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against the 70-year-old former prime minister earlier this week in the Toshakhana case.
The court issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Khan and adjourned the hearing till March 7 for his repeated failure to appear before the court.
Khan has been in the crosshairs for buying gifts, including an expensive Graff wristwatch he had received as the premier at a discounted price from the state depository called Toshakhana and selling them for profit.
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