New Delhi: Days after a Pakistani courtroom issued a non-bailable arrest warrant towards Imran Khan within the Toshakhana case, the Islamabad Police on Sunday (March 5, 2023) reached the previous prime minister’s residence to arrest him.
“In line with the courtroom orders, a group of Islamabad Police has reached Lahore to arrest Imran Khan. All operations are being accomplished with the cooperation of the Lahore Police. Authorized motion will likely be taken towards these obstructing the execution of courtroom orders,” the cops mentioned.
عمران خان گرفتاری سے گریزاں ہیں۔ ایس پی صاحب کمرے میں گئے ہیں مگر وہاں عمران خان موجود نہیں۔ ٹیم عمران خان کی گرفتاری کےلیے پہنچی ہے۔
— Islamabad Police (@ICT_Police) March 5, 2023
PTI chief Fawad Chaudhry mentioned that any try to arrest Khan will “critically worsen the scenario”.
“I wish to warn this incompetent and anti-Pakistan authorities to not push Pakistan into additional disaster and act sensibly, the employees ought to attain Zaman Park,” he mentioned.
Khan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, has been within the crosshairs for purchasing items, together with an costly Graff wristwatch he had acquired because the premier at a reduced worth from the state depository referred to as Toshakhana and promoting them for revenue.
The event comes a day after many of the leaders and staff of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf social gathering — who had been arrested for its mass courtroom arrest motion towards the federal authorities’s failure — had been launched on courtroom’s order in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
Greater than 600 PTI leaders and staff had been arrested final month for the social gathering’s ‘Jail Bharo Tehreek’ (courtroom arrest motion) which was towards the “violation of elementary rights, abuse of the Structure and the financial meltdown within the nation”.
Distinguished leaders who had been launched from the jail included PTI vice chairman and former overseas minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, former finance minister Asad Umar, ex-governor of Punjab Umar Sarfraz Cheema, Senators Azam Swati and Waleed Iqbal and Khan’s shut aide Zulfi Bokhar.
The Lahore Excessive Courtroom on the PTI petition on Friday ordered the quick launch of the social gathering’s leaders with the statement that they aren’t required in any felony case.
Over 600 PTI males courted arrest from completely different cities throughout Punjab province after the motion kicked off on February 22 throughout the nation.
The PTI mentioned the only objective of its motion was to pressure the federal government to announce the election date as per the Structure in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) provinces the place assemblies had been dissolved in January.
PTI chief Imran Khan introduced calling off of the motion following the Supreme Courtroom’s resolution to carry the polls in each provinces in 90 days.
Following the Supreme Courtroom’s order, President Arif Alvi introduced this week that elections in Punjab for the provincial meeting will likely be held on April 30.
A number of PTI staff turned up at completely different jails to obtain the social gathering leaders and showered rose petals on them.
Former overseas minister Qureshi mentioned the 13 party-government can not cease Imran Khan from returning to energy.
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan was ousted from energy in April final yr after shedding a no-confidence vote in his management, which he alleged was a part of a US-led conspiracy focusing on him due to his impartial overseas coverage choices on Russia, China, and Afghanistan.
The PTI chief got here to energy in 2018 and is the one Pakistani Prime Minister to be ousted in a no-confidence vote in Parliament.
Since his ouster, Khan has been clamouring for quick elections to oust what he termed an “imported authorities” led by incumbent Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
Sharif has maintained that elections will likely be held later this yr as soon as the parliament completes its five-year tenure.