Pakistan. Imran Khan Summoned for Questioning in Lahore Corps Commander’s House Attack Case

ISLAMABAD: A Joint Investigation Team (JIT), set up by the interim government of Punjab Province to investigate the arson attacks on Pakistani corps commander’s house and Askari corporate tower in Lahore on May 9, summoned former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran on Tuesday for questioning, Geo News reported citing well-placed sources.
The JIT headed by Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Kamran Adil requested President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to appear before the investigative body at the investigation headquarters of Qila Gujjar Singh at 4 p.m. on May 30. According to sources familiar with the matter, the JIT will be interviewing Imran Khan in connection with the May 9 riots. The Punjab Home Department has formed 10 different Joint Investigation Teams (JITs) to investigate the May 9 attacks and violent protests.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan has been named in several FIRs filed at different police stations in the province, Geo News reported citing sources. JIT headed by Kamran Adil includes Superintendent of Police (SP) Investigation City Division Lahore Dr Raza Tanveer, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP)/SP-AVLS Lahore Raza Zahid, Deputy Superintendent of Police (ASP) Taimoor Khan and the factory area police station in charge of the Muhammad Sarwar investigation.
Protests erupted in Pakistan following the arrest of Imran Khan on May 9. After the protests, the exodus of Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders began, as security forces began a crackdown on the party after attacks on civilian and military institutions, including the headquarters in Rawalpindi and the Lahore Corps Commander’s House. At least eight people have been killed in protests that have erupted in Pakistan.
On May 25, an anti-terrorism court authorized the surrender of 16 suspects, involved in the ransacking and vandalism of the corps commander’s house, to the commanding officer so that they could be tried under the laws of the army. ATC Judge Abher Gul Khan granted the request of the army officer who had requested custody of the vandals who are currently in Camp Jail, Lahore.
The defendants were named in two separate cases filed in connection with the attack on Corps Commander House, also known as Jinnah House. The defendants are Amar Zohaib, Ali Iftikhar, Ali Raza, Muhammad Arsalan, Muhammad Umair, Muhammad Raheem, Zia-ur-Rehman, Waqas Ali, Raees Ahmad, Faisal Irshad, Muhammad Bilal Hussain, Faheem Haider, Arzam Junaid, ex-PTI MPA Mian Muhammad Akram Usman, Muhammad Hashir Khan and Hassan Shakir.
On May 28, former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan urged Supreme Court justices to take notice and ensure a judicial investigation into the violence that took place on May 9 so that only the “guilty are punished”, he said. reported Dawn.
Khan said the supreme court should take this suo motu into account and issue instructions to release female political prisoners, who were peacefully protesting, according to the Dawn report. He stressed that a judicial investigation was needed to identify those who shot and killed 25 unarmed protesters and injured hundreds of protesters. He said some 10,000 political prisoners had been jailed without investigation, while vandalism and arson had been reported in a few places in the province.


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