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Imran Khan: Authorities are looking for ‘wanted’ people, not terrorists, at Zaman Park.
- Imran Khan has stated that he will temporarily search his home.
- “Will play till the last ball,” he declares as authorities crack down on the PTI.
- “We have repeatedly condemned the May 9 terrorist attacks,” Khan said.
Imran Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said Friday that, contrary to the authorities’ earlier allegation, they were not looking for terrorists but merely persons who were “wanted” at his Zaman Park mansion in Lahore.
Authorities are seeking Some ‘wanted’ person. Imran Khan.
After meeting with a government delegation at home to discuss SOPs for a search operation, Khan informed journalists that “now they’re claiming that they’re looking for wanted people, not terrorists.”
According to Punjab Caretaker Information Minister Amir Mir, law enforcement officers sought to investigate the PTI chief’s apartment because geofencing revealed “30-40 terrorists” involved in attacks on military sites were sheltering there.
The PTI chairman, however, refused to allow them to search his residence, which resulted in a “deadlock” when the delegation, led by the Lahore commissioner, met with Khan and his legal counsel.
On Wednesday, the Punjab government claimed that “30-40 terrorists were hiding inside Khan’s residence” and gave the PTI 24 hours to hand up these miscreants or face punishment. However, even 48 hours later, no punishment has been meted out.
After obtaining search warrants from a court dealing with counterterrorism.
The government’s negotiating team debated the SOPs with the PTI leader and his legal team in Zaman Park for over an hour, but they could not agree.
If they choose to look for guys, they can find the ones they already want. Khan claimed that 7,500 of his party’s “wanted” employees had been detained. He claimed that everyone connected to his party was a “wanted person.”
“I told them to come inside and look for themselves.” There is no wanted person in this room.”
Khan wants only “four police personnel” to search his home, according to Punjab’s temporary information minister, despite the team having given him a list of 2,200 persons.
During his news conference, Khan questioned why the government insisted on examining his home if they were looking for terrorists.
Why do you feel the need to search my house? But, if you insist, I would only approve it if they agree to obey the Lahore High Court’s prior ruling of three people searching the premises – one government employee, one from our side, and a lady officer.”
‘Repeatedly condemning’ the May 9 violence.
Following Khan’s arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust case on May 9, his supporters increased the stakes by attacking military buildings, notably the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.
Public property was severely damaged as a result of the violent protests. They caused at least eight deaths and numerous injuries, drawing heavy condemnation from the army and the administration.
The military subsequently planned to charge the demonstrators who stormed military sites under the Pakistan Army Act and the Official Secrets Act, supported by the National Security Committee.
However, Khan has frequently denied blame and stated that his party had no involvement in the violence.