For damage in Islamabad, Pakistani police have filed a terrorist case against former Prime Minister Imran and PTI officials
In preparation for a court hearing in a corruption case involving the former premier, Pakistani police on Sunday filed a terrorist charge against Imran Khan and more than a dozen PTI officials for engaging in vandalism, assaulting security officers, and causing disorder outside the courthouse.
On Saturday, as Khan came in Islamabad from Lahore to attend a highly anticipated hearing in the Toshakhana case, fights broke out outside the Islamabad Court Complex.
Around 25 security personnel were hurt during the altercation between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) members and police, which prompted Additional District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal to postpone the court hearing till March 30.
A complaint was filed against PTI members who had been detained and sought-after party officials. Approximately 17 PTI leaders were mentioned in the FIR registered by the Islamabad Police, Geo News said.
The main gate of the court complex and the police checkpoint were reportedly destroyed by the workmen, according to the FIR, it stated.
According to the FIR, up to 18 persons were detained for setting the court complex on fire, throwing stones, and smashing the structure.
Around two police cars, seven motorbikes, and the station house officer's (SHO) official vehicle were all destroyed, it said.
Khan, 70, travelled from Lahore to Islamabad to make his court appearance. He was driven by a caravan of his backers.
Around 10,000 armed Punjab police officers attacked Khan's Zaman Park mansion in Lahore shortly after he left for Islamabad to attend the hearing, arresting scores of his party members.
To avoid Khan's arrest in the Toshakhana case, police officers used a power shovel to remove the barriers and tents from the entrance of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party chief's home and evict hundreds of his followers who had camped there.
They tore down the walls and front gate of the house and searched it. Violence is said to have resulted from PTI workers' internal opposition to Punjab Police, whose operation ceased afterwards. According to reports, the police operation in Lahore harmed around 10 employees.
Fawad Chaudhry, the head of the PTI, said on Sunday that the party will file charges against any police officials engaged in the "illegal activities" and violence at Khan's home.
"The legal team will meet today, it has been announced. Every home-sanctity norm has been broken by the police's defiance of the Lahore High Court's order and entry into Imran Khan's dwelling. Items were taken. Also, they removed juice boxes. Those who were innocent were tortured, "Tweeted he.
"It is unacceptable to disobey a court order. The supreme court must protect its decision-making. Any police personnel who engaged in violent acts and unlawful activities had cases filed against them "said he.
On Friday, Khan went before the Lahore High Court and said that he would be prepared to appear before Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Iqbal on Saturday to answer charges of corruption brought against him.
The PTI leader has been accused of purchasing presents from the Toshakhana state storehouse at a reduced price and then reselling them for a profit, including a pricey Graff wristwatch that he had been given as the premier.
The Toshakhana was established in 1974 and is a division under the administrative jurisdiction of the Cabinet Division that houses priceless presents that foreign dignitaries and leaders of other countries and nations have presented to monarchs, lawmakers, bureaucrats, and officials.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) disqualified the former cricketer-turned-politician in October of last year because he withheld information about the sales. In order to punish him for selling the gifts he had acquired as the nation's prime minister under criminal law, the top electoral body subsequently filed a lawsuit with the district court.
Khan became the first prime minister in Pakistan to be removed from office by the National Assembly in April of last year after losing a motion of no confidence.