Police in Pakistan have filed terrorism and different prices in opposition to former prime minister Imran Khan, in addition to 17 of his aides and scores of his supporters.
The transfer on Sunday got here after the ousted premier’s followers clashed with safety forces within the nation’s capital of Islamabad a day earlier than.
Mr Khan‘s followers got here to blows with police exterior a courtroom for a number of hours on Saturday, the place the 70-year-old former prime minister was as a result of seem to face corruption prices.
Petrol bombs and stones had been additionally hurled at police as Mr Khan’s residence was raided.
Officers responded with tear gasoline as they clashed with baton-wielding supporters of the politician within the japanese metropolis of Lahore on Saturday and arrested 59 folks throughout the violence.
During the operation, a person on the roof of the sprawling compound opened hearth.
At least 50 officers had been injured and several other automobiles and bikes had been torched at a police checkpoint too.
Mr Khan didn’t find yourself showing contained in the courtroom to face prices that he had bought state presents acquired whereas in workplace and hid belongings. The decide subsequently postponed the listening to till 30 March.
Besides Mr Khan, the police case filed on Sunday additionally accuses former and present politicians, former ministers, a former nationwide meeting speaker and dozens of Mr Khan’s supporters.
The prices embody terrorism, assaults on police, obstructing officers in doing their job, in addition to wounding officers and threatening their lives.
The developments are the most recent involving growing violence surrounding Mr Khan, who was ousted in a no-confidence vote in parliament final April.
The former cricket star turned politician has since claimed, with out providing any proof, that his elimination from energy was unlawful and a conspiracy by his successor Shahbaz Sharif’s authorities and Washington.
Both Mr Sharif and the US have denied the allegations.
Following this weekend’s clashes, Mr Khan mentioned in a recorded video message on Sunday that the police had been guilty for his failure to look in courtroom, claiming he by no means left his automobile because the police had been lobbing tear gasoline at his convoy and supporters.
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Mr Khan additionally claimed that his opponents are bent on both placing him behind bars or killing him, and condemned the raid on his residence in Lahore as “shameful tactics, conspiracies and plans”.
Interior minister Rana Sanaullah responded by accusing Mr Khan of “creating all the drama just to avoid” the courts.