September, 30, 2023
Imran Khan's arrest sparked violence.

Imran Khan’s arrest sparked violence

Imran Khan’s arrest sparked violence. The Pakistani Prime Minister’s residence, Governor’s House, Leggy Seeker Street, and a police station in Lahore were all stormed, resulting in the burning of vehicles and the deaths of two workers. Additionally, a body was recovered from the burnt Liberty Plaza.

The arrest of Pakistani politician Imran Khan led to violent protests across multiple cities in Pakistan. The radio station in Peshawar was damaged and set ablaze. During the incident, four workers lost their lives due to gunfire. Additionally, two individuals were killed in Kohat and another in Jaranwala. Furthermore, attacks on police stations in Faisalabad and Kamar Mashani are ongoing.

The arrest of Pakistani politician Imran Khan led to violent protests across multiple cities in Pakistan, including Lahore, Islamabad, and Peshawar. On May 10, 2023, nine protesters were killed, and more than 100 PTI workers were arrested. In Lahore, two protesters died, and 20 others were injured. PTI workers attacked the Shadman Police Station, smashed the gate with a mini truck, and tried to set the police station on fire. They also blocked Canal Road from both sides and burned several government vehicles. More than 100 PTI protesters attacked the Governor’s House, but security staff and police did not allow them to enter. Throughout the day, the Upper Mall area was a battleground with protestors pelting stones at the police, and the police using tear gas shelling and heavy cannon guns. In Islamabad, traffic was suspended on three main roads, and PTI workers set fire to the office of SP Industrial Area. Protesters also beat up women and children traveling in private vehicles in Sohan. In Peshawar, protesters damaged government property, set fire to trees, and threw petrol bombs at the police.

The violence continued throughout the night, with PTI protesters storming the Prime Minister’s residence and the PML-N Secretariat in Model Town. The protesters installed a walk-through gate at the gate and torched four motorcycles. When the police fired teargas shells to stop them from going to the Prime Minister’s residence, PTI workers set fire to the rear of the Pakistani Prime Minister’s residence. They also stormed the gate, burnt the Rangers’ car, and pelted stones heavily. The police dispersed the protesters by shelling again. The protesters broke generators, two transformers, and walk-through gate security cameras. Two Edhi Ambulances of Edhi Foundation were also damaged due to burning and pelting.

According to the Edhi spokesperson, two protesters were killed due to stones and shelling during the protest. The deceased include 25-year-old Abdul Qadeer and a 35-year-old unidentified worker. In Lahore, police registered five cases against the protestors in different divisions. The cases include terrorism, arson and vandalism, damage to government property, and other serious crimes. Local leadership of Imran Khan PTI, including Hamad Azhar and 80 unknown persons, were named in the cases. So far, 70 protesters have been arrested.

In Rawalpindi, seven cases will be registered against hundreds of PTI workers participating in violent protests, including the attack on GHQ in Rawalpindi. The leading leaders of Tehreek-e-Insaf went into hiding, 52 activists were sent to jail on judicial remand, and former provincial law minister Raja Basharat was named in the FIR of the attack on GHQ. All cases include anti-terrorism provisions. In other cases, former provincial minister Fayyazul Hasan Chauhan is also nominated. One hundred twenty activists arrested in Rawalpindi and Islamabad were transferred to Adiala Jail, out of which 35 were released.

The violence was not limited to Lahore, Islamabad, and Peshawar; similar protests and clashes occurred in Faisalabad, Sahiwal, and Pakpattan. More than 800 workers of Tehreek-e-Insaaf were charged with terrorism, injuring 23 officials by blocking the road, attacking sensitive institutions and the offices and tents of the Federal Minister of Interior in Faisalabad, setting fire to 16 MPO, interfering in official work, and driving official vehicles.

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