Pak Rangers who came to capture Imran Khan retreated, supporters celebrated outside Khan’s residence

Quoting sources, Geo News said that the police will not move towards Khan’s Zaman Park residence till the Pakistan Super League (PSL) eight cricket matches, in which foreign players are also playing, continue.

Pakistan Rangers and policemen, who surrounded the residence of Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan to arrest him in a corruption case, began retreating on Wednesday, triggering a wave of jubilation among Khan’s supporters. Quoting sources, Geo News said that the police will not move towards Khan’s Zaman Park residence till the Pakistan Super League (PSL) eight cricket matches, in which foreign players are also playing, continue.

Police and other security officials were seen leaving Zaman Park after which Khan’s supporters celebrated and shouted slogans chasing the Rangers. Soon after, Pakistan Tereek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Khan came out of his residence wearing a gas mask and met party workers. In a tweet, the party said more workers were arriving at Zaman Park and vowed not to let the “nefarious designs” of the coalition government succeed.

Earlier in the day, the administration deployed rangers outside Khan’s residence. A day earlier, over 60 people, including 54 policemen, were injured in clashes between Khan’s supporters and the police. The injured have been admitted to a hospital in Lahore and police have detained several of Khan’s supporters. Quoting hospital sources, Geo News said that at least 54 policemen and eight civilians were injured in the clashes that continued since Tuesday afternoon. Khan’s supporters clashed repeatedly with the police throughout the night.

Lahore’s Zaman Park area was a battlefield-like scene with streets littered with tear gas shells, burnt tires and wreckage of vehicles after Khan’s supporters and police clashed to prevent their leader from being arrested Looks scattered. Dozens of policemen have been injured in this clash. Khan remained under house arrest on Wednesday at his residence in this high-profile area, while the government sent Rangers to assist policemen as police teams that came to arrest Khan clashed with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) activists. Later she was seen trying to catch him.

Clashes broke out between PTI workers and police in Zaman Park area of ​​Lahore on Tuesday. After the issuance of non-bailable warrant in the Toshakhana case, Islamabad police arrived with armored vehicles to arrest PTI chief Khan from his Lahore home. Khan (70) is accused of buying gifts received during his tenure as prime minister from Toshakhana at throwaway prices and selling them for profit.

The Toshakhana established in 1974 is a department under the administrative control of the Cabinet Division and stores precious gifts given to rulers, parliamentarians, bureaucrats and officials by other governments and heads of state and foreign dignitaries. In a video address to the nation from his residence, Khan said on Wednesday that he has asked the military establishment to end this “farce”. Pakistani TV channels did not telecast Khan’s speech.

His party said the media was not showing coverage of the speech on the orders of “those at the top”. He said, “My house has come under heavy attack since yesterday afternoon. The Rangers strike, the largest political party pitted against the military. This is what the enemies of PDM and Pakistan want.” Referring to the creation of Bangladesh (erstwhile East Pakistan) in 1971, he said that East Pakistan did not learn any lesson from the tragedy.

Khan said he had prepared his bag to go to jail, but his party workers did not allow him to surrender fearing threat to his life in police custody and put up a strong protest. “Activists are scared of my life being in danger after seeing what happened to slain journalist Arshad Sharif, PTI leader Azam Swati and Shehbaz Gill in police custody. They feel that I will be tortured and killed in custody because the people from whom my life is in danger are in power.

He said that he had never seen such police attack and brutality against any political leader in Pakistan. “I asked to transfer the Toshakhana case to the court, but an arrest warrant was issued for me. It is unprecedented that a former prime minister has been denied security and is being attacked.

He tweeted on Wednesday, “Clearly the claim of ‘arrest’ is mere drama as the real intent is to kidnap and kill.” They opened fire after tear gas and water cannons. I signed a bond last evening, but the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) refused to accept it. Their intention is malicious, there is no doubt about it.

Police, who arrived at Khan’s residence to comply with the court order to arrest him in the Toshakhana case, chased away the protesters gathered there. Anticipating the situation to deteriorate, various PTI leaders, including Khan, appealed to party workers to gather at Zaman Park, where they acted as human shields and stood between Khan’s residence and the police. The police personnel lobbed tear gas shells but faced resistance and the PTI workers stood their ground.

Khan tweeted, “Since yesterday morning our workers and leadership have been facing an onslaught of tear gas, chemical water cannons, rubber bullets and police bullets. Now the ‘Rangers’ are here and people will have a direct confrontation with them. The leadership of the political party is facing trouble as an illegal warrant has been issued against their leader and the matter is already in the court.

This government of rogues is trying to abduct and possibly kill their leader? The alleged promises made are being fulfilled. “I do not understand why the establishment and the army chief are supporting the PDM government when it is damaging the reputation of the government institution (army),” he said. Khan said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s The PML-N led government will not last a day without the crutches of the establishment. The clash between PTI workers and the police lasted for over 11 hours, which continued till late night. Several police personnel and PTI workers were reported injured in the clash.

Disclaimer:Prabhasakshi has not edited this news. This news has been published from PTI-language feed.


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