The Asian Age

Trea­son, ter­ror charges on Im­ran, Qadri

- SHAFQAT ALI

The Pak­istani po­lice on Mon­day regis­tered trea­son and ter­ror­ism cases against Pak­istan Tehrik- e- In­saf ( PTI) chief Im­ran Khan and Pak­istan Awami Tehrik ( PAT) leader Tahir- ulQadri.

“The po­lice have regis­tered a First In­for­ma­tion Re­port ( FIR) against Im­ran Khan and Tahir- ul- Qadri over the at­tack on Par­lia­ment. The case has been regis­tered on be­half of the gov­ern­ment,” said a po­lice of­fi­cial.

Ear­lier, the ad­vi­sory meet­ing of po­lice of­fi­cers, presided over by in­spec­tor­gen­eral Khalid Khat­tak was held in Is­lam­abad. “The meet­ing de­cided to lodge an FIR against Im­ran Khan and Tahir- ul- Qadri for at­tempt­ing to at­tack the Par­lia­ment. Pro­vi­sions of trea­son and ter­ror­ism were also added in the FIR,” said the po­lice of­fi­cial.

Re­act­ing to the charges, Im­ran Khan claimed that the script of the FIR has been writ­ten within the premises of Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif ’ s House.

Pro­test­ers en­tered the state- run Pak­istan Tele­vi­sion ( PTV) build­ing on Mon­day morn­ing and forced the man­age­ment to shut down the trans­mis­sion of PTV News and PTV World. The angry demon­stra­tors also ran­sacked the of­fice and held staff mem­bers hostage.

Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, the Army Rangers were sum­moned and they helped re­move the pro­test­ers from the build­ing. The trans­mis­sion was re­stored within half- an- hour.

After the shut­down, in­te­rior min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan di­rected law en­force­ment agen­cies to im­me­di­ately re­store the trans­mis­sion of PTV. He said strict ac­tion should be taken against those try­ing to take law into their own hands.

After the PTV at­tack, Im­ran Khan tweeted that the PTI has not stormed the state build­ing. Dis­own­ing the act, the PTI chief said that his party ac­tivists have been very peace­ful through­out the protest.

The pro­test­ers also dam­aged pri­vate prop­erty, in­clud­ing ve­hi­cles of the tele­vi­sion chan­nels.

Mr Khan’s party, which is strug­gling to cope with dis­si­dence, was hit by rev­e­la­tions made by PTI’s pres­i­dent Makhdoom Javed Hashmi who claimed that Mr Khan was fol­low­ing Army dik­tat in Is­lam­abad.

“Im­ran Khan told us, ‘ they’ ( the Army) say move for­ward with Tahirul Qadri”, said Mr Hashmi on Mon­day. “Im­ran Khan said we can­not move for­ward with­out the Army. He told us that he has set­tled all the mat­ters, there will be elec­tions in Septem­ber,” Mr Hashmi said.

How­ever, a mil­i­tary spokesman re­jected Mr Hashmi’s state­ment, say­ing, “The Army is not back­ing any party.”

Mr Hashmi said that Mr Khan had lied when he said that only he dis­ap­proved of march­ing to­wards the Prime Min­is­ter’s House. He claimed that the en­tire core com­mit­tee of the party had asked Mr Khan not to move for­ward. “When Im­ran Khan shared his plan with us, he said that a judge of our choice is com­ing in Supreme Court”, said Mr Hashmi. He said that Mr Khan had also ma­ligned the top court. “The Supreme Court will ex­pel Nawaz Sharif and Shah­baz Sharif, Im­ran had told us”, Mr Hashmi said. “Res­ig­na­tions were taken from MNAs ( mem­bers of the Na­tional Assem­bly) by force”, said the PTI pres­i­dent, who was ex­pelled from the party by Mr Khan on Sun­day.

Mr Hashmi said that he was still the pres­i­dent of the party. He said that Mr Khan did not follow the process laid down in the PTI’s con­sti­tu­tion to oust him from the party. “I wish Im­ran Khan reads PTI con­sti­tu­tion”, he added.

 ?? — AFP ?? Pak­istani po­lice run from Op­po­si­tion pro­test­ers dur­ing clashes near the Prime Min­is­ter’s res­i­dence in Is­lam­abad on Mon­day.
— AFP Pak­istani po­lice run from Op­po­si­tion pro­test­ers dur­ing clashes near the Prime Min­is­ter’s res­i­dence in Is­lam­abad on Mon­day.

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