Pak police barge into Imran Khan’s house hours after he went to court

Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Begum was at home when the police entered their house.

Lahore/New Delhi:

Pakistan police on Saturday barged into the home of former Prime Minister Imran Khan in Lahore while he was on his way to Islamabad for a court hearing in a corruption case, his party officials said.

He said Bushra Begum, Mr Khan’s wife, was at home when the police removed the barricades and entered her house.

During the operation, at least 10 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf activists were injured and over 30 were arrested, news agency PTI reported.

His party shared a video on its official Twitter account that shows Mr Khan’s supporters being lathi-charged by policemen at his house.

“Meanwhile the Punjab Police raided my house in Zaman Park, where Bushra Begum is alone. Under what law are they doing this? This is part of a plan by London, determined to bring fugitive Nawaz Sharif to power.” Were agreed to an appointment,” Mr Khan tweeted.

The move comes after days of standoff and intense clashes between his supporters and the police after attempts were made to arrest him for skipping several previous hearings.

Earlier this week, security forces fired tear gas and water cannons at hundreds of Mr Khan’s supporters who laid siege to his home in an attempt to prevent his arrest.

The Islamabad High Court had yesterday suspended till date the non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Khan, giving him an opportunity to appear in the district court to defend the allegations that he was received by foreign dignitaries when he was prime minister. Illegally sold government gifts given to him. 2018 to 2022.

During the hearing, Imran’s counsel gave an affidavit in the High Court, assuring that the PTI chief would appear before the court on March 18.

Imran Khan, who was shot and injured during the election campaign in November 2022, said in an interview that the threat to his life is more than ever.

Mr Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote last year and has been embroiled in dozens of legal cases as he campaigns for early elections and a return to office.

As the political drama unfolds, the nation is facing a severe economic downturn, at risk of default if aid cannot be obtained from the International Monetary Fund.


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