“PTI Leaders Including Imran Khan Charged with Terrorism for Creating Chaos Outside Islamabad Judicial Complex”
FIR Lodged Against Imran Khan and Over a Dozen PTI Leaders on Terrorism Charges for Attacking Police and Causing Chaos Outside FJC, Islamabad Police Confirm”
On Saturday, violent clashes broke out between workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the capital police outside the Federal Judicial Complex (FJC) in Islamabad.
The incident occurred when former Prime Minister, Imran Khan, arrived at the FJC to attend a hearing in the Toshakhana case.
The confrontation escalated into a full-blown clash, with both sides using anti-riot gear and tear gas to push the opposing side back.
The PTI workers reportedly used rocks against the police and even threw petrol bombs, setting police vehicles and a nearby police chowki on fire.
Over 25 police officials were injured during the hours-long confrontation, with some being taken to the hospital for treatment.
The police were forced to use tear gas to disperse the PTI workers who had gathered outside the FJC to protest.
As a result of the violence, the Islamabad Police lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against more than a dozen PTI leaders, including party chairman Imran Khan, on terrorism charges for allegedly attacking police officers and causing chaos outside the FJC.
On the same day that violent clashes erupted between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers and capital police outside the Federal Judicial Complex (FJC) in Islamabad, Ramna Police Station House Officer (SHO) Malik Rashid Ahmed registered a First Information Report (FIR) at the Islamabad Counter Terrorism Department against PTI Chairman Imran Khan and other PTI leaders.
The complaint invoked several sections of the Pakistan Penal Code and the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997.
The charges included rioting, obstructing a public servant in discharge of public functions, criminal intimidation, theft, and acts of terrorism.
According to the FIR, the PTI chief and 17 other PTI leaders violated Section 144, which was imposed in Islamabad that day, and blocked the road for traffic.
The FIR named several PTI leaders, including former deputy speaker Asad Qaiser, PTI Secretary General Asad Umar, and leaders Hammad Azhar, Ali Amin Gandapur, and Murad Saeed.
The complaint alleged that PTI workers were armed with stones, which they threw at a checkpost of the Dhok Kashmirian police station.
They also burned down barriers and tents at the checkpost. The protesters then surrounded the Judicial Complex from four sides, broke down its main gate, and stoned the building until its windows were shattered.
The FIR also accused another group of PTI leaders of setting fire to 16 government and police vehicles and four motorcycles in the parking of the JDC.
They allegedly took 9mm pistols, Rs20,000, and a wireless set from one of the vehicles.
The protesters were said to have snatched eight anti-riot kits from the policemen, hit police officers with sticks, and hurled stones at them.
The FIR named 18 people involved in causing damage to the FJC, 22 others involved in causing damage in the FJC’s parking area and lighting up fires, and 19 others involved in allegedly injuring police officials.
Stones, lighters, and bottles filled with petrol were recovered from some of them.
The complaint filed by SHO Ahmed painted a picture of chaos and violence that unfolded outside the FJC, leading to serious charges being filed against the PTI leaders involved.
The Islamabad police have registered a terrorism case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) protesters at the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Police Station in the capital.
“Islamabad Police Arrest 60 Individuals for Violence at Judicial Complex”
The police have arrested 60 individuals so far, who were presented in court, with more raids being carried out to make further arrests.
Earlier, the police issued directives to estimate the damage caused by PTI supporters outside the Judicial Complex. In a tweet posted on Sunday morning, the police stated that 52 policemen were injured as the protesters threw stones at the officials of Islamabad Capital Police and other assisting forces during the appearance of PTI Chairman Imran Khan at the Judicial Complex.
According to the tweet, 12 vehicles of the Islamabad police and three belonging to the Punjab police and Frontier Constabulary were damaged, with four of the Islamabad police’s vehicles being “completely burned”.
In a separate tweet, the police shared pictures of the Islamabad IG Akbar Nasir Khan visiting the judicial complex at night where he met workers of various forces and praised them for their efforts.
The police warned that legal action will be taken against the elements involved in the protests. The police also stated that the PTI protesters violated Section 144 that had been imposed in Islamabad, blocked the road for traffic, and attacked the police, which led to the registration of a terrorism case against them at the CTD Police Station.
On Sunday, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced that it would take legal action against the police officials involved in what it called an “illegal operation” at the party chairman Imran Khan’s Zaman Park residence in Lahore.
The announcement came a day after the Punjab police had broken into his house. PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry tweeted that flouting court orders is unforgivable and that the Lahore High Court should guard its decisions.
He also stated that the party would file cases against all police officers who conducted the illegal operation and got involved in torture. He added that a meeting of the party’s legal team has been called to discuss the action plan moving forward.
Chaudhry further criticized the police operation and stated that the way the police entered Imran Khan’s residence flouting Lahore High Court’s verdict was unacceptable.
He said that all rules of home privacy were trampled, theft was done, even juice boxes were picked and taken away, and innocent people were made a target of torture. He also claimed that the incident was an offshoot of the ongoing constitutional crisis in Pakistan.
Separately, in a video message posted on Sunday, PTI leader Yasmin Rashid condemned the “atrocity and torture done inside Imran Khan’s house” and called on the government to act sensibly.
She criticized the government for not holding elections and asked it to stop its “cheap tactics” and “act logically.” The PTI has been alleging that the government is trying to delay elections by arresting its workers and leaders.
“Chaos Unfolds Outside Imran’s Residence Amidst Unrest in the Area“
The controversy surrounding the search of Imran Khan’s residence in Zaman Park, Lahore, continues to escalate.
On Friday, the Lahore High Court granted permission for Punjab Inspector General Dr Usman Anwar to search the property as part of an investigation into attacks on police teams who had attempted to execute warrants for Imran’s arrest in the Toshakhana case issued by an Islamabad court.
On Saturday, the Punjab police used heavy machinery to forcefully enter Imran’s residence, despite his wife and sister being inside. The operation was carried out after Imran had left for Islamabad to attend a hearing in the Toshakhana case.
Dr Uzma Khanum, sister of former Pakistani premier Imran Khan, spoke out against the police operation and alleged that it was carried out without proper warrants, and that women were harassed and servants were tortured.
She also accused the police of being “blood-thirsty” and claimed that they had abducted her husband and some of the servants.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership strongly condemned the “state terrorism” that was launched at Imran’s residence and claimed that it was part of a larger agenda set by PML-N Chief Organiser Maryam Nawaz to arrest Imran.
Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesperson for the PTI, stated that the police operation was in violation of the LHC’s orders, as they did not inform the court’s nominated focal person, Imran Kishwar, before carrying out the raid.
He further claimed that the police officials scaled walls, razed the residence’s gates with excavators, and tortured people inside the house.
On Sunday, the controversy deepened after the Punjab Inspector General (IG) Dr Usman Anwar announced that “ammunition,” including petrol bombs, was recovered from Imran’s Zaman Park residence during the police raid.
He claimed that the police had arrested individuals who had been involved in firing slingshots and pelting stones at the police. Cases under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act were registered against these individuals, and the Punjab Information Minister, Amir Mir, announced that cases were also registered against the “rioting elements” for causing great damage to property.
The incident has sparked a heated debate in Pakistan, with many people taking to social media to voice their opinions.
Some have criticized the police for using excessive force, while others have condemned Imran and his supporters for allegedly resorting to violence.
The situation remains tense, and it remains to be seen what actions will be taken by the authorities in response to the incident.