Imran Khan: Clashes in Pakistan as police attempt to arrest former Prime Minister Imran Khan


Supporters of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan clashed with police looking for to arrest him outdoors his residence on Tuesday, even because the longtime politician informed CNN that he was “mentally prepared to spend the night in a cell.”

“I want a proper warrant of arrest and I want to see that, my lawyers want to see the warrant,” he informed CNN. He additionally mentioned that he believed his arrest was each inevitable and politically motivated, referencing upcoming by-elections in April and the final election in October.

“It’s a matter of time. I’m convinced they will come in and arrest me, I’m prepared for it,” he mentioned, including: “I know what the intention is. They want to get me out of the race. They want to get me out of the match so that they can win the elections.”

Khan faces allegations of illegally buying and promoting presents given to him by overseas dignitaries whereas he was in workplace, which he has rejected as “biased.”

On Monday, the Islamabad High Court issued an arrest warrant in opposition to Khan over the case to have him offered earlier than the courtroom on March 18.

“On the order of the court, the person who ran away from the court will be arrested and arrested and produced there,” tweeted Pakistani Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Tuesday.

But Khan’s legal professionals have argued he has beforehand failed to seem in courtroom as a result of he can not depart his residence in Lahore attributable to safety issues. He can solely make appearances through video hyperlink, based on his authorized workforce.

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In his interview with CNN, the previous chief warned that makes an attempt to arrest him may result in a harmful escalation in political violence within the nation, and that he believed Pakistan’s ruling coalition may ultimately use “that pretext of violence” to delay the upcoming votes.

In a press release to CNN, the nation’s Information Minister denied any political involvement within the case. “The government has nothing to do with the arrest (of Khan), and the arrest has nothing to do with elections. The police is only complying with the orders of the court,” Marriyum Aurangzeb mentioned.

“Instead of cooperating with law enforcement officials, Imran Khan is breaking the law, defying court orders and using his party workers as human shields to evade arrest and stoke unrest,” she added.

Protests have damaged out in main cities throughout Pakistan in help of Khan, who launched a video on social media asking his followers to “come out” in help of his motion if he’s detained.

Local media and photographs shared by officers from Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) get together confirmed water cannons and tear fuel being utilized by police in opposition to Khan’s supporters.

Islamabad police tweeted that 4 police officers have been injured after being hit by stones by supporters of Khan.

Khan was ousted as Prime Minister in a vote of no confidence in April. He has since led a preferred marketing campaign in opposition to the present authorities, accusing it of colluding with the army to take away him from workplace.

“[The government], they’re petrified that if I come into power, I will hold them accountable,” he informed CNN on Tuesday.

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“They also know that even if I go to jail, we will swing the elections no matter what they do,” he added.

Khan has solely been arrested as soon as in 2007 by then President and army ruler Pervez Musharraf who died earlier this 12 months.

The present political upheaval comes at a time when Pakistan’s authorities waits for a delayed bailout from the International Monetary Fund, which can assist with the nation’s price of dwelling disaster and ailing financial system.