Imran Khan likely to be placed under house arrest ahead of ‘Azadi March’; Islamabad is to be sealed

Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan is likely to be placed under house arrest ahead of his “Azadi March” in connection with a foreign funding case, according to a local news outlet ARY news.

The Pakistani government has reportedly given the police a green signal to place Pakistani leader Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) under house arrest at his residence in Islamabad. dusk reported citing police sources.

Khan is likely to be detained in accordance with maintaining the public ordinance. This comes after Khan announced a long march aimed at overthrowing the ruling coalition government under Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

This came after the country’s FIA ​​(Federal Investigation Agency) arrested PTI leaders such as Tariq Shafi, Hamid Zaman and Saif Niazi. The FIA ​​team raided Shafi’s home in Karachi.

The arrest warrant was issued by Pakistani Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah.

Corresponding dusk Sources has prepared a “Plan B” to arrest Khan before his march into Islamabad.

Drones, containers to stop protesters in Islamabad

Because of this, the capital, Islamabad, is on lockdown, with the government ordering at least 1,000 shipping containers to shut it down. To prevent the PTI protests from entering the city, these containers are placed on major highways.

For the first time, the government will use helicopters and drones to use tear gas against demonstrators. Accordingly, at least 10 drones were used in the capital dusk.

To go into more detail, nearly 60,000 tear gas grenades were stored at the site, as well as 30,000 rubber bullets.

A total of 500 million rupees will be spent on security measures to stop the march.

Responding to the arrest reports, PTI leader Fawad Hussain Chaudhry said the ruling government was panicking and fearful of the “Azadi march”. In a tweet, Chaudhry said: “Following yesterday’s press conference by Shehbaz Sharif and the subsequent arrests of Tariq Shafi, Hamid Zaman and Saif Niazi, it is clear that following the announcement of the ‘Azadi March’, the government is panicking and fearful.”

Earlier arrest warrant for Khan

This comes days after one The court in Islamabad issued an arrest warrant against Khan for allegedly threatening Judge Zeba Chaudhry at a political rally in August.

Senior civilian judge Rana Mujahid Rahim issued the arrest warrant for the head of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) under four sections of Pakistan’s Penal Code (PPC), sections 506 (penalty for criminal intimidation), 504 (deliberate insult with intent). provoke breach of the peace), 189 (threatening to injure an officer) and 188 (disobeying an officer’s duly issued order).

Khan was charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act on August 20 for threatening police, the judiciary and other state institutions, hours after he threatened to indict senior police officials, electoral commissions and political opponents over the treatment of his aide Shahbaz Gill to submit. who was arrested for sedition. His comments also prompted the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to open a contempt case against him.

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