Imran under siege
Clashes as police try to arrest ex-PM Khan at his home
as officers continued attempts to arrest him at home. The property, in lahore, has remained under siege since Tuesday after police arrived to apprehend Mr Khan for failing to appear in court on corruption charges. There have also been clashes in other major cities including Karachi and Islamabad.
Riot police have been firing tear gas at the house as the 70year- old opposition leader’s supporters hurl rocks. A dozen officers and 35 activists were reportedly injured.
Yesterday Mr Khan emerged from his home and said he was ready to travel to Islamabad on Saturday under his arrest warrant, but police did not accept the offer.
Mr Khan, who was ousted in a no-confidence vote in April, has been ordered to appear before a judge to answer charges of illegally selling state gifts he received during his
‘Part of plot to assassinate him’
term as premier and concealing his assets. Yesterday the lahore high court ordered police to postpone their efforts to arrest Mr Khan until today.
The former PM has avoided court since November, when he was wounded in a gun attack at a protest in the eastern Punjab province. Mr Khan has claimed that the string of cases against him, which includes terrorism charges, are a plot by the government of his successor, prime minister Shehbaz Sharif, to discredit the former cricket star turned politician.
Yesterday he tweeted that there was a plot ‘to abduct and assassinate’ him.