Imran Khan back in Lahore, blames army chief for arrest episode

LAHORE: Imran Khan, the former prime minister of Pakistan, finally reached his residence in Lahore early Saturday morning after securing bail and a lengthy confrontation with authorities in Islamabad.
After being released on bail by the Islamabad High Court, 70-year-old Pakistani leader Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spent hours negotiating with his legal team over his release from court. He claimed Islamabad police tried to keep him inside the courthouse and he was being held against his will.
Islamabad’s high court granted him a two-week protective bond in a corruption case, and also barred authorities from arresting him in any registered case in the country until Monday.
The 70-year-old leader was escorted to court under tight security, and it took him more than three hours to leave due to security details.
Arriving at his residence, he was greeted by cheering supporters who poured rose petals on his vehicle, danced and set off fireworks. Khan, who is calling for a snap general election, faces more than 120 cases across the country.
The PTI released a video of Khan entering the house where his sisters and other family members greeted him and inquired about his health. Khan, who is calling for a snap general election, faces more than 120 cases across the country.
“Inspector General of Islamabad (IG) Police Akbar Nasir tried his best to hold me at the high court in the capital. They wouldn’t let us go for three hours, saying it was dangerous outside. “, said the head of the PTI in a video message from his vehicle in which he was returning to Lahore.
Imran blames army chief for arrest episode
The cricketer turned politician blamed Pakistan Army chief for his current episode “arrest and abduction”. “It’s not the security agencies. He is a man, the chief of the army. There is no democracy in the army. The army is slandered by what is happening,” Imran said, speaking to BBC correspondent Caroline Davies.
(With agency contributions)


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