Imran Khan arrest: Pakistan police fire tear gas into PTI chief’s Lahore house1 min read
Pakistani police and supporters of Imran Khan got into a battle outside the former Prime Minister’s home in the eastern city of Lahore, injuring several on both sides, ahead of his possible arrest, a government spokesman and witnesses said.
The police lobbed teargas shells near his residence and used baton on supporters in the skirmishes.
Khan on Tuesday evening posted a video message calling on his backers to continue to challenge the ruling Shehbaz Sharif government, even if he were to be jailed.
Khan called on his supporters to stand up for the supremacy of law and fight for true independence.
‘The police have arrived to arrest me. They think that if Imran Khan goes to jail, the people will go to sleep. You have to prove them wrong, you have to prove that the qaum (people) is alive.’
Government spokesman Amir Mir told new agency Reuters ‘If Imran Khan ensures his presence in the court, it will be good, otherwise the law will take its course.’
Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers are alleged to have started the violence, which injured several police officials,
The paramilitary forces were brough in to control the situation.
Several of Khan’s supporters were injured when the police resorted to teargas shelling, witnesses said, as clashes have taken place over the last few weeks.
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