Police at Zaman Park to arrest Imran.
A group of police officers, accompanied by armored vehicles, arrived at Imran Khan’s Zaman Park residence with the aim of arresting the former prime minister and current Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
The official Twitter handle of the party urged supporters and workers to gather outside the resident and ‘remain peaceful’.
The court of ADSJ Zafar Iqbal restored non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran in the Toshakhana reference. It instructed the police to arrest the PTI chief and present him in court by March 18.
In a statement, the Islamabad police spokesperson said that they have reached Lahore to arrest PTI chief on court orders. He said that Khan will be arrested after all legal requirements are completed.
The police warned of legal action against those creating hurdles in the arrest of the former premier.
While reacting to the reports of the arrest, PTI leader Hammad Azhar on Sunday afternoon called all party workers to reach Zaman Park in Lahore and remain peaceful.
Another PTI leader Farrukh Habib also called on the party workers to reach Zaman Park.
On March 5, Islamabad police team in Lahore to arrest Imran. However, it returned empty-handed after the PTI chief evaded the arrest.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) disqualified former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan in the Toshakhana reference under Article 63(1)(p).
“Although the written judgement stated that “As per the statement of Imran Khan he had purchased the gifts from Toshakhana paying 21.564 million rupees while the Cabinet Division said that the gifts had a value of 107.943 million.
“The amount in his bank account was around half of the value of the state gifts. The ECP decision stated that Imran Khan was required to declare the cash and bank details in his returns, but he failed to do so.
The ECP declared that Imran Khan has been disqualified and unseated from his National Assembly seat. ECP further stated that he was disqualified under Article 63, 1(P) for submitting a false statement and declaration.
The judgment stated that Imran Khan had engaged in corrupt practices under sections 167 and 173 of the constitution and that he would face a criminal proceeding for filing a false statement.
“His disqualification under Article 63, 1(P) has been for his current parliament membership”, the ECP said in its 36-page detailed judgment of the reference.
Published on Logical Baat, March, 14, 2023.