Police entered Imran Khan’s residence in Zaman Park after he left for Islamabad
Lahore : More than 10,000 policemen carried out a massive operation at his Zaman Park residence and arrested several party workers after former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan left for Islamabad to hear a corruption case. Policemen removed barricades from the entrance of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party chief’s residence and demolished all the camps set up by PTI workers to protect their leader.
It is being told that around 10 activists were injured and more than 30 activists were arrested during this campaign. In footage available on social media, police are seen thrashing PTI workers after entering Khan’s residence. Khan (70 years old) claims that his wife Bushra Bibi is also present in his residence. Amir Mir, Information Minister in the caretaker government of Punjab, told reporters that a police operation has been launched to clear the Zaman Park area.
“Zaman Park had become a dangerous area to enter. 10,000 men of the Punjab Police took part in the operation to evacuate it. We also had reports that members of banned organizations were also present there. The minister informed that several PTI workers have been detained. Mir said that three policemen and six PTI workers were injured during the operation. He said that the police had a warrant to search Imran Khan’s residence. “The anti-terrorism court had issued a search warrant for Khan’s residence and only after that the police entered his house,” he said.
Condemning the police crackdown, the ousted prime minister tweeted, “(As soon as I left for Islamabad for the Toshakhana case hearing) Punjab Police raided my residence in Zaman Park where Bushra Begum is alone.” Khan has been in controversy for buying gifts, including an expensive wristwatch, which he bought from Toshakhana at a discounted price and then sold to make a profit. Toshakhana established in the year 1974 is a department under the administrative control of Cabinet Division. Toshakhana stores valuable gifts received by Pakistani rulers, parliamentarians, bureaucrats and officials from governments of other countries, heads of states and foreign dignitaries. Imran Khan was disqualified by the Election Commission of Pakistan in October last year for not sharing details of the sale.