Pakistan: Imran Khan supporters conflict with police outdoor court docket

  • Via Samuel Horty in London and Carolyn Davies in Islamabad
  • BBC Information

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Mr Khan’s supporters amassed outdoor the court docket forward of his arrival

An Islamabad court docket has canceled a listening to on fees of marketing reliable presents to Pakistan’s former top minister Imran Khan following clashes between his supporters and the police.

Police stated Mr Khan’s supporters pelted stones and fired tear gasoline close to the court docket premises.

The previous cricketer-turned-politician has since returned to his house in Lahore, the place police raided and made arrests in his absence.

He denies the allegations in opposition to him.

Chaotic scenes noticed Mr Khan not able to go into the court docket prior to the pass judgement on agreed he may just mark his look and go back house.

The previous PM says the fees in opposition to him are politically motivated, however says he’s attending court docket “as a result of I consider within the rule of legislation”. The federal government says that the allegations in opposition to him don’t have anything to do with politics.

He instructed Reuters that he had shaped a committee to guide his celebration, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), within the match of arrest.

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Watch: Chaotic scenes as Imran Khan leaves his house in Lahore for Islamabad court docket

Round 4,000 safety officials, together with elite commandos and anti-terrorist squads, had been deployed in Islamabad, AFP reported.

Police blocked the freeway in Islamabad with delivery packing containers and big vans to stop Mr Khan’s motorcade from coming against the town.

Officials armed with batons and tear gasoline let his car move, however maximum of his supporters had been pushed away.

Chatting with the BBC whilst the convoy was once desk bound, Mr Khan stated the government had been seeking to prison him to stay him out of the race for the overall election later this yr. “I will be unable to marketing campaign – that is the entire level,” he stated.

Previous this week he instructed the BBC: “Whether or not I am in jail or now not, they may not forestall my celebration from successful.”

In an indication of deep divisions inside Pakistani politics, present Top Minister Shehbaz Sharif tweeted that Mr. Khan’s “movements previously few days” “uncovered his fascist and extremist dispositions” and referred to as on supporters to behave as “human shields” on him. accused of the usage of as ,

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Police raided Mr. Khan’s Lahore house whilst he was once on his strategy to Islamabad

Previous within the week, Lahore police attempted to arrest Mr Khan after he overlooked a listening to, and officials clashed with supporters outdoor his house. On Friday, the court docket granted Mr Khan coverage from arrest at the assurance that he would seem in court docket on Saturday.

In step with native media, on Saturday, Lahore police, involving round 1,000 safety body of workers, used an excavator to go into Khan’s place of dwelling. Police later stated that they had arrested Khan supporters who had been enthusiastic about violence in opposition to police previous within the week, together with throwing petrol bombs.

The Punjab police leader stated some officials would stay outdoor Khan’s place of dwelling.

Mr Khan was once ousted as top minister in a no-confidence vote remaining April however has stored up the power on his successor Mr Sharif with demonstrations and speeches within the run-up to elections due later this yr.

He blamed Mr Sharif for the assassination strive at a rally in November during which he was once injured within the leg. The officers have pushed aside the allegation.

Mr Khan is dealing with a number of court docket circumstances together with terrorism fees. He has cited a number of causes – safety issues and harm from the November assassination strive – for now not showing for the listening to.