Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, could not be arrested after an over eight-hour-long operation outside his Lahore residence.
Supporters of Imran Khan clashed with Pakistan Police outside his home before his potential arrest.
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- Imran Khan was found guilty by Pakistan’s election commission in October last year of unlawfully selling gifts to foreign dignitaries, which violated the law governing Islamabad’s “Toshakhana” or “treasure house” in Persian.
- Under this law, politicians can keep official state gifts by paying a percentage of their value to the government.
- Charges were filed against Imran Khan in an anti-corruption court recently, and an arrest warrant was issued after he failed to respond to a summons.
- On Tuesday, Pakistan Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse hundreds of Mr. Khan’s supporters who gathered outside his house to prevent his arrest.
- Sadly, one activist from Mr. Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party lost their life during the clash with the police.
- The police dispatched from Islamabad to arrest ex-PM Imran Khan for skipping court summons for the second time in recent weeks.
- As chaos ensued outside his residence, Mr Khan released a video message. stating: “The police have arrived to arrest me. They think that if Imran Khan goes to jail, the people will go to sleep. You have to prove them wrong, you have to prove that the qaum (people) is alive.”
- “You have to fight for your rights, you have to hit the streets. God has given Imran Khan everything. I am fighting your battle. I have fought all my life and will continue to do so. But if something happens to me, they put me in jail or kill me, you have to prove that you can fight even without Imran Khan. You have to prove that you will never accept this slavery and this rule by one man. Pakistan zindabad,” he added.
- On Monday, Lahore police booked Khan in a case related to the death of a PTI worker in a road accident.
- Earlier, an FIR was filed against Khan and 400 others for the same incident.
- This is the 81st FIR filed against Khan since the PML-N-led coalition took power 11 months ago.
- Khan was ousted from power in April last year after losing a no-confidence vote.
- Khan claimed that the no-confidence vote was part of a US-led plot.