Imran Khan: Pakistan: Punjab police arrest 540 other leaders and workers of Imran Khan’s party for violence

LAHORE: In cases filed against them under the anti-terrorism law across the province for carrying out attacks on the corps commander’s house in Lahore, public and private buildings, Punjab police arrested 540 other leaders and members of Imran The Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) was on Friday, Dawn reported.
Since May 9, Punjab police have filed 205 complaints against party officials and employees across the province.
There was a brief altercation between police officers and PTI employees on Thursday evening. Police raided the PTI office on Jail Road to arrest party members listed as suspects in cases reported to multiple police stations, Dawn reported.
Party members reportedly threw stones at the police but retreated when more officers were asked to help them.
Following reports that workers were gathering there in large numbers to welcome PTI Chairman Imran Khan after the receivership, the police presence was increased around his Zaman Park mansion on Friday evening.
Doctor Usman AnwarPunjab’s police chief, said in a statement released here on Friday that offenders responsible for attacks on police teams, critical infrastructure and public and private property deserve no mercy.
“These miscreants are being identified and tracked down through CCTV footage, video recordings and social media posts,” he said, according to Dawn. After Friday’s arrests, the number of detained leaders and supporters rose to 2,790, Punjab police said.
Imran Khan expressed his gratitude to the court for having “enforced the Constitution”, while the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has barred authorities from detaining PTI Chairman Imran Khan in any cases – even undisclosed ones – registered across the country until Monday, May 15.
Notably, Imran Khan returned to his residence in Lahore’s Zaman Park in the early hours of Saturday after two days of detention, Geo News reported.
He was welcomed as far as Lahore by supporters of the PTI. Imran took a road route to reach his residence in Lahore, marking his return after a tumultuous period.
Imran Khan’s arrest at the IHC on May 9 sparked violent protests across the country. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court intervened, quashed his arrest and ordered his release.


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