Pakistan’s attempt to arrest Imran Khan fails, after overnight siege between police and protestors

Ahead of his potential arrest, Pakistan Police and supporters of the former PM Imran Khan clashed outside his Lahore home overnight.

To disperse the hundreds of former Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s supporters who had gathered outside his home on Tuesday to prevent his arrest, Pakistani police used water cannons and tear gas. During the altercation with the police, a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party activist was slain.

“Clearly ‘arrest’ claim was mere drama because the real intent is to abduct and assassinate. From tear gas and water cannons, they have now resorted to live firing,” Khan said.

Imran Khan tweeted the image of empty tear gas canisters aimed at his home in Lahore.

The arrest claimed Imran Khan, was part of a “London plan” to bring all charges against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to a conclusion. “This is part of the London plan and an agreement has been signed there to put Imran in jail, make the PTI fall and finish all cases against Nawaz Sharif,” Mr Khan said in a video message.

A warrant for Mr. Khan’s arrest has been served twice in recent weeks by police sent from Islamabad after he neglected to appear for numerous court hearings.

Due to claims that he sold state gifts while serving as prime minister, Mr. Khan is the subject of a criminal inquiry. He has disputed the allegations and described them as politically motivated.

As chaos ensued outside his residence, Mr Khan released a video message. stating: “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.”

Source: The Independent, NDTV

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