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Attempt to arrest Imran Khan: LHC orders police to suspend Zaman Park operation

  • Police have been stopped by the court till 10am on Thursday
Published March 15, 2023
Attempt to arrest Imran enters 2nd day as clashes with PTI supporters continue

The Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered police to suspend the operation outside Zaman Park in Lahore that began on Tuesday as law enforcement personnel attempted to arrest Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in connection with the Toshkhana case.

On Wednesday, the LHC ordered police to stop till 10am on Thursday. On the other hand, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) disposed of a plea seeking the cancellation of the PTI chief’s arrest warrants.

On Tuesday, law enforcement personnel had arrived at Zaman Park to arrest former prime minister, following which they clased with PTI supporters. By Wednesday afternoon, law enforcement personnel began retreating from the former prime minister's residence without arresting him.

Earlier in the day, PTI’s official Twitter account showed the former PM, donning a gas mask, addressing party supporters at Zaman Park. Later, he was seen without the gas mask among his supporters.

In a tweet, Imran said that after a day of facing tear gas, cannons with chemical water, rubber bullets and live bullets, Rangers were taking over and were now in direct confrontation with his supporters.

“My question to the establishment, to those who claim they are ‘neutral’: Is this your idea of neutrality, Rangers directly confronting unarmed protestors & leadership of the largest political party when their leader is facing an illegal warrant & case already in court & when govt of crooks trying to abduct & possibly murder him?” he asked.

Early Wednesday morning, the PTI chairman in a video said, "Water canons, teargas... they shelled inside the house where there were servants and women."

"I am telling the entire nation today that they are ready once again, they're going to come again," he said.

"They will teargas our people and do other such things, but you should know that they have no justification to do so."

“I signed a surety bond last evening, but the DIG refused to even entertain it. There is no doubt of their mala fide intent,” he said.

He claimed that he was not appearing at the F-8 Katcheri as terrorists had targeted the facility twice. The Interior Ministry has itself said that my life is in danger and yet again they are doing all this, he said.

LHC summons Punjab inspector-general

Earlier, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry had filed a petition seeking to stop the “atrocities” outside Zaman Park.

Hearing his petition, Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikhsummoned the Punjab inspector-general, chief secretary, and Islamabad police (operations) head in court today.

IHC reserves verdict

Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) reserved its verdict regarding Imran's plea against his non-bailable arrest warrant today. IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq heard the case.

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said that the party will follow whatever order the high court passes.

Hours-long clashes with PTI supporters as police attempt to arrest Imran Khan

Imran has been demanding a snap election in protest rallies across the country since his ouster from office in a parliamentary vote last year. However, PM Shehbaz Sharif has said the vote will be held as scheduled later this year.

Tuesday showdown

On Tuesday, armoured police vehicles arrived outside Khan’s residence with the intention of arresting Imran in the Toshakh but Deputy Inspector General (Operations) Shahzad Bukhari refrained from commenting on the arrest warrant issued by the sessions court Islamabad in the Toshakhana case.

PTI workers clashed with law enforcement that retaliated with baton charging, water cannons and tear gas shelling. Protesters hurled stones on police and attacked them with sticks.

Anti-riots police arrested a few PTI workers.

While Imran's arrest was not yet made till late on Tuesday night, multiple cities had erupted with protests as party supporters gathered in droves to condemn the police operation against Imran.

Imran Khan’s message

In a video message posted on Twitter on Tuesday, Imran told his supporters that “police thinks that protesters will sleep as soon as I am arrested but you have to prove them wrong”.

“You have to stand up for your rights and freedom. If they kill me, you have to show that you will stand for your rights without me.”

Non-bailable arrest warrant

On Monday, a district and sessions court rejected Imran’s exemption application and upheld the non-bailable arrest warrant issued for him in the Toshakhana case over his persistent absence in the case hearings.

A warrant was also issued against him in a case related to remarks made about additional sessions Judge, Islamabad, Zeba Chaudhry. However, on Tuesday the court had suspended this warrant and barred police from arresting the former prime minister till March 16.


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Truthisbitter813 Mar 15, 2023 11:20am
IF he is so sure of his innocence, then he should unconditionally surrender and have his day in court. Who the hell does PTI think it is to resist, and further attack the police force and now attack the Rangers. These treacherous elements are no different than militants and need to be treated the same.
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Kashif ALI Mar 15, 2023 11:45am
The true face, which I knew from beginning, of this farcical, fascist, selfish and cult person - IK - is exposed and bare to all. A liar to the extreme limit. Lies starting from Respect of law, Social justice, Riyasat e madina, US Cypher conspiracy, and then tirade against Bajwa. Whatelse is left for this IK to be dispensed away with. The biggest argument of PTI supporters is that IK got only 3 years vs 40 years of PDM (the morons). My response is that Pakistan cannot let be thrown away to IK so that he replicates the 40 years of debauchery, looting of previous government and only then we call IK as menace and worst as we call PDM today. Unacceptable!!!! Pakistan FIRST!!!. 2nd argument is if not IK, then who will lead the nation??? It will take one generation to cleanse this filth. Some patriotic professionals - Technocrats - must lead the country. Democracy is not for those who think, act and behave like Pakistanis. It is for responsible and conscientious people.
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TimeToMovveOn Mar 15, 2023 01:07pm
Pakistan was descending into anarchy, but now it is officially in anarchy
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Shahrukh Mar 15, 2023 02:40pm
How is this gona help Pakistan. There are so many other pressing issues that need attention. All I can see anywhere in the media and in pressers of the govt is Imran Khan. They're obsessed. If his arrest solves all the economic problems, do it! I believe this is just a tactic to divert attention and to stop PTI from campaigning, which is being fueled by inflated egos.
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Junaid Mar 15, 2023 02:54pm
Everyone know credibility of judiciary system in Pakistan. GOD save our king imran Khan
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Arshad Mar 15, 2023 03:31pm
My Countrymen fighting with My Countrymen - Sad.......
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John Mar 15, 2023 04:45pm
The compromised Generals have gone out of control...just like 1971! For the future of the country they need to be held accountable for their excesses!
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Pakistani Mar 15, 2023 04:45pm
@Kashif ALI, you are an IDIOT!
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Jawaid Mar 15, 2023 04:46pm
@TimeToMovveOn, Compliments of compromised Generals!
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Jawaid Mar 15, 2023 04:47pm
@Kashif ALI, Looks like a sponsored effort from Mars!
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Jawaid Mar 15, 2023 04:49pm
@Shahrukh , They are into assassination mode! Where have all judges gone! Perhaps silenced by videos!
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Jawaid Mar 15, 2023 04:50pm
@Arshad, When the corrupt remain unaccountable for long time! They do not want to give up power that easily!
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Jawaid Mar 15, 2023 04:54pm
Why judges are so scared of Generals? Why cannot they act on basis of rule of law...the constitution!
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qasim raza Mar 15, 2023 05:48pm
@Jawaid, and then came LHC court of father in law and only honest CJ of High courts...waah
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Hilarious Mar 15, 2023 06:00pm
@Jawaid, sadly the judges, the generals, the bureaucrats et Al. Are all in their positions because they’re corrupt. They all have dirt on one another, a complete overhaul is required that no political party can bring, it is only the people who, if ever, get on one page can bring about a change for the better in the country. Sadly, the whole nation stands divided along the lines of religion, castes, languages and creeds, politics rules every conversation, it is a sad state of affairs indeed, and o find it amazing that the people are not bothered at all, just fighting tooth and nail for their particular political party all of whom have hollowed out the country. Like someone said once, Pakistan is evolving, but backwards. Quaids three cornerstones for the country, unity (which doesn’t exist) faith (which exists but no body can agree on what it actually is) and discipline (which at least on my lifetime has never existed in a majority of the population). A failed state without question.
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Waqas Mar 15, 2023 08:06pm
PTI leader should present himself once everyone else on Toshakhana list is arrested and the Generals who are not included in published list.
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Azaree Mar 15, 2023 10:38pm
@Waqas, The Generals corruption has reached new heights...why they are above law!
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Azaree Mar 15, 2023 10:40pm
@Hilarious, Hang the save Pakistan!
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Azaree Mar 15, 2023 10:50pm
India is emerging as an economic power house....and by Low IQ egoistic Generals Pakistan is being transformed into a LDC!
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TimetoMoVVeOn Mar 15, 2023 11:19pm
What an utterly incompetent govt. They can't even arrest a guy. Ik govt no better eithee
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BK Mar 16, 2023 12:15am
@Truthisbitter813, We are talking about Ex-PM of Pakistan here, not any tom/dick/harry. He has been slapped with 75+ cases in last 8 months. This number can tell you how legit these cases really are and what the real intentions of PDM crooks are. There was an assassination attempt on him, this should tell you the dangers he face. Keep all this in mind before comparing IK/Ex-PM with militants!
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BK Mar 16, 2023 12:16am
@Kashif ALI, AAAA...could you pls present a better alternative than IK? If you don't have one then stop criticizing the only hope that Pak has and join the struggle!
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