Police surround ex-Pakistan prime minister’s home Imran Khan On Wednesday, it was claimed that he was sheltering dozens of people allegedly involved in violent protests because of his recent detention.
The police deployment could anger Khan’s many followers and raise concerns among many more they clashed with security forcesKhan’s supporters attacked public property and military installations last week after he was dragged out of court and taken into custody.
The popular leader of the opposition is weekend release Come home to an upscale district of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province and the second largest city in Pakistan.
Khan tweeted after 200 police officers surrounded the house and a prison van turned up on the scene on Wednesday.
“Probably my last tweet before my next arrest,” Khan tweeted. “The police surrounded my house.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Amir Mir, a spokesman for the Punjab provincial government, said Khan had 24 hours to hand over 40 suspects he said were hiding in his home or face a police raid. So far, 3,400 suspects have been arrested and more raids are planned, Mir told a news conference.
Pakistani authorities say they will prosecute civilians involved in recent anti-government protests in military courts. In a speech to troops Wednesday, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Asim Munir said, “In any case, the recent planned and orchestrated tragic events must never be allowed to happen again.”
Advocacy groups Amnesty International and the Pakistan Human Rights Commission said they were alarmed by the government’s plans.
Dinushika Dissanayake, Amnesty International’s deputy regional director for South Asia, said it violated international law to try civilians in military courts.
court martial Pakistan Often shut out, civilians are denied some basic rights, including access to a lawyer of their choice.
A wave of violence has swept Pakistan’s capital and other urban areas following Khan’s dramatic arrest in court. Supporters of Khan torched buildings and vehicles and attacked police and military personnel and facilities. The conflict resulted in 10 deaths and more than 4,000 arrests.
The Supreme Court later ordered Khan’s release and criticized the manner in which he was arrested.
On Wednesday, the Islamabad Supreme Court extended Khan’s bail and arrest protection until the end of the month. However, his legal team fears he could be arrested in an old case.
70-year-old Khan is ousted by a vote of no confidence in parliament last year. He is currently facing more than 100 cases, mainly on charges of inciting popular violence, threatening officials and flouting the ban on gatherings. He also faces an embezzlement case with his wife.
In recent days, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s government has accused Khan of harboring suspects linked to last week’s attack.
Khan, meanwhile, claimed some of his supporters had been tortured in police custody and demanded the immediate release of the female detainees. He offered no evidence to support those claims.
In a speech on Wednesday, Khan said he never encouraged his supporters to engage in violence. He claimed the attack on the military installation was orchestrated by unknown elements – allegedly as part of a plot to turn his party against the military – but offered no evidence.
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