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Pakistan

Punjab govt gives PTI 24 hours to hand over ‘terrorists’ staying at Zaman Park

  • Caretaker Information Minister says 30 to 40 'terrorists' involved in 'May 9 mayhem' have taken refuge in former PM's residence
Published May 17, 2023

Punjab caretaker Information Minister Amir Mir on Wednesday gave a 24-hour deadline to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to “hand over terrorists seeking refuge in Zaman Park”.

In a press conference, he stated that 30 to 40 “terrorists” who participated in the “May 9 mayhem” following PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s arrest have been given safe refuge in the former prime minister’s Zaman Park residence.

According to him, perpetrators of the attack on Lahore’s Corps Commander were among people hiding at Zaman Park.

“PTI is requested to hand over these terrorists to Punjab Police. The Punjab interim government is giving the PTI leadership 24 hours,” Mir said.

“PTI is acting like an anti-state party and its Chairman Imran Khan has been targeting the military for more than a year,” he added.

He said that violent events that followed Imran’s arrest last week were planned beforehand and Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi “has given a free hand to police to capture the arsonists” .

The minister stressed that the government of Punjab had adopted a “zero tolerance policy” for planners, facilitators and perpetrators of violence.

“The federal government, military leadership and Punjab government have decided to punish the attackers,” he said.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that “perpetrators, planners and facilitators” of May 9 violence should not be spared at any cost.

In his televised address after chairing the meeting of the National Security Committee, he underlined that “even the prime minister of Pakistan should not be allowed to pardon the culprits.”

He regretted that the culprits destroyed and burned the Jinnah House (Corps Commander House) in Lahore.

“Jinnah house is sacred and it was destroyed during the wave of violence,” said PM Shehbaz.

“The perpetrators, planners, and facilitators of the attack fall under the label of terrorism,” the PM said.

Following Imran’s arrest, protests erupted throughout Pakistan that transformed into violence.

Nearly 2,000 people were arrested and at least eight were killed.

Hundreds of protesters blocked highways and main entry, and exit routes to all major cities, attacking and burning state buildings, police, and public vehicles and rampaging through army installations.

The protests dampened on May 11 after the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered Imran’s release.

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BK May 17, 2023 04:04pm
This is absurd! The govt is trying to provoke PTI. This will lead to chaos. They have already arrested so many, how many more do they want. They will again attack IKs house, may even try to kill him. The army and govt needs to stop this nonsense. They are causing a lot of damage to Pakistan.
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TM May 17, 2023 04:32pm
The government has same video evidence of Model Town incident.., then why not that case could solve yet? This is the double face of Govt & establishment..,
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BK May 17, 2023 04:53pm
I request army jawans and patriotic policemen to provide protection to Zaman park residents. Without any evidence the govt wants to arrest innocent Pakistanis. Today it’s IKs house tomorrow it will be mine and yours. This needs to stop.
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Power Master May 17, 2023 05:16pm
Don't worry nothing will happen Pakistan is rishwatistan. Rishwat settles every crime there
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TimeToMovveOn May 17, 2023 05:29pm
So everyone living in Zaman park is a terrorist? The actions of today will cause deep permanent fissures in the country. People will not forget the treatment given to PTI for decades, which will impact this country's future negatively. I am no fan of PTI and IK, but PDM/army has taken this too far. The idea of prosecuting civilians under military court is absolutely evil.
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Haji Hafiz May 17, 2023 05:46pm
Pakistan is a banana republic and now no one takes this country's leaders and army seriously. What a shame that such a hard working nation is reduced to ashes by corrupt elites.
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Parvez May 17, 2023 06:39pm
....says a man with ZERO respect and ZERO credibility.
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Ulgen May 17, 2023 09:02pm
@Mark, You are a pathetic person. If you have guts, go and face a corrupt and immoral government.
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Tulukan Mairandi May 17, 2023 11:06pm
Imran is the big terrorist
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