LHC stops police operation at Zaman Park until Thursday morning

LHC stops police operation at Zaman Park until Thursday morning

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday ordered to halt police operation till 10am on Thursday to arrest the former prime minister Imran Khan for not appearing in court in the Toshakhana case.

Earlier, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb claimed that a “Gilgit-Baltistan force” was being used to attack law enforcement agencies (LEAs) who are trying to implement court orders to detain PTI Chief Imran Khan.

Addressing a press conference, the minister said police was attempting to detain the PTI chief in pursuance of the arrest warrants issued by a local court in Islamabad on Monday.

Marriyum Aurangzeb also refuted the allegations of the government’s involvement in attempting to arrest the former premier. She stated that the PTI chief was wanted in several cases, including threatening a judge, foreign funding, and Tyrian White and Toshakhana.

The clashes between police and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters continued on Wednesday as the party workers blocked the arrest of their chief Imran Khan from his Zaman Park residence in Lahore.

Islamabad police and anti-riot force were locked in a day-long standoff with PTI activists after continued violent clashes near Zaman Park as officers move forward in a desperate attempt to arrest  the former premier.

On Tuesday, a contingent of the Islamabad police, along with armoured vehicles, reached in the city to arrest former premier Imran Khan after an Islamabad court on Monday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for him in Toshakhana case.

DIG Operations Islamabad Shahzad Bukhari is leading the police party that has surrounded Imran Khan’s residence.

A per the reports, PTI supporters pelted stones at police officials as they began baton-charging the crowds, turning Zaman Park into a battleground.

As the capital force and Punjab police had to pull back, Rangers personnel entered into the scene to avert the extreme situation.

PTI supporters clashed repeatedly with police overnight while Khan remained holed up in his Zaman Park residence, defying attempts to arrest him. Meanwhile, the law enforcers had also arrested the PTI workers.