Ex-Pakistan PM Imran Khan booked for terrorism

Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan has been charges with offence of terrorism over an incident of violence near his home on Wednesday.

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By: Raja Muneeb | Srinagar
Updated: 09 March, 2023 9:05 pm IST
Former PM Imran Khan survived an assassination attempt at an anti-government march in November last year.

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan along with supporters has been charged with terrorism after workers of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) clashed with policemen, leaving one dead and scores injured.

On Wednesday, police in Lahore had to use force to disperse the crowd which was part of a PTI rally. A PTI worker was killed while a dozen others were injured when police used water cannons, heavy tear gas shelling and baton charge to disperse the protesters. Around 150 people were also detained by the police.

As per Pakistani media, police have booked Khan for murder, attempt to murder and for violating provisions of the Anti Terror Act (ATA).

Besides Imran Khan, police have also booked several senior PTI leaders like Fawad Chaudhary, Farukh Habib, and Hassan Niazi on charges of “threatening national security agencies” and destruction of government and its institutions “brick-by-brick”.

Violence broke out near Khan’s residence in Lahore’s Zamaan Park area on Wednesday, when police personnel tried to prevent a pre-scheduled march by PTI workers. Khan was to lead the march as part of his election campaign. However, police banned any public gathering and put up barricades in the area. A heavy contingent of anti-riot force was deployed to thwart any gathering of people.

Undeterred, PTI workers equipped with clubs and sticks moved to resist police advances. The violence began soon thereafter as police used force to disperse the advancing PTI workers.

The protestors vandalised vehicles and clashed with police, leaving one protester dead and a dozen others injured.

Lahore Police claimed that 11 police personnel including two deputy SPs, one station house officer (SHO) and nine other personnel were also injured in the clashes. Among the 11 policemen, two are stated to be in critical condition and are undergoing treatment at a hospital.

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