Khan, 70, is at present serving a three-year jail sentence following his conviction earlier this month in a corruption case
Islamabad, Pakistan – An antiterrorism court docket in Pakistan has allowed the police to interrogate and arrest Imran Khan in a case associated to the assault on a military constructing through the protests that adopted the previous prime minister’s temporary arrest on corruption costs in Might this yr.
Khan, 70, is at present serving a three-year jail sentence following his conviction earlier this month in one other corruption case. He denies the costs and alleges he’s being focused by the federal government to stop him from contesting the forthcoming nationwide elections.
On Wednesday, the antiterrorism court docket in Lahore metropolis gave its approval after the police filed an software searching for to query Khan over the storming of the so-called Jinnah Home, the official residence of a high navy commander within the metropolis.
After Khan was picked up by the paramilitary troopers from the premises of the Islamabad Excessive Court docket on Might 9, hundreds of his indignant supporters hit the streets, attacking authorities and navy installations and demanding his launch.
In a single such assault, dozens of individuals entered the residence of a navy commander in Lahore and set part of it on hearth.
Pakistani authorities allege folks belonging to Khan’s Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) occasion stormed the constructing. In a state crackdown that adopted the protests, hundreds of PTI leaders and employees have been arrested, lots of whom nonetheless stay behind bars.
The federal government is planning to strive at the least 100 of these arrested in navy courts below the draconian Military Act, a call slammed by rights teams who say such trials are unfair and lack transparency.
The Lahore antiterrorism court docket’s permission to interrogate and arrest Khan comes as he seeks reduction from the courts after his imprisonment on August 5 for nondisclosure of the items he and his spouse acquired from international governments and leaders when he was the prime minister between 2018 and 2022.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court docket on Wednesday questioned the Islamabad Excessive Court docket’s resolution to jail Khan within the state items case and known as for a evaluation. The highest court docket stated the decision might have “severe defects”.
Days after his imprisonment, Khan was declared ineligible to take part in electoral politics for at the least 5 years, as per Pakistani regulation.
Pakistan was scheduled to carry the overall elections by November after the Nationwide Meeting was dissolved and a caretaker authorities introduced earlier this month.
However the polls seem unlikely to be held this yr because the election fee redraws some constituencies based mostly on the nation’s newest census.
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