ISLAMABAD: PTI Chairmn and his convoy reached the federal capital to attend the hearing of the Toshakhana case in the judicial complex.
The Islamabad court commenced the proceeding of the Toshakhana criminal case at 4pm. However, Imran Khan was still on his way. The case was heard by Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal.
Imran’s counsel apprised the court that the ex-premier was on the gate of the complex following which the proceeding was briefly adjourned.
Judge said that they would wait for Imran Khan.
There was chaos on the Srinagar Highway in Islamabad as the police used force against PTI workers who were accompanying Imran Khan’s motorcade en route to the Islamabad court.
According to reports, the police resorted to shelling, which led to a chaotic situation on the highway.
The Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IGP) Akbar Nasir said that the PTI workers pelted stones at the police, set a police picket on fire as well as fired tear gas shells at the personnel.
IGP claimed that several policemen were injured due to stone pelting by PTI activists.
He urged the PTI workers to remain calm while assuring that the police were unarmed.
He said that the police were unable to establish contact with the former premier despite the message was conveyed through his party’s chief of staff.
Nasir added that they just wanted Imran Khan to appear before the court within the stipulated time.
He asserted that Imran Khan was stopping deliberately after regular intervals, adding that he was only two minutes away from the judicial complex.
The PTI chief was set to appear before the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal to attend a proceeding on the complaint filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for allegedly concealing details of gifts in his assets’ declaration.
The former prime minister’s entourage is set to arrive at the capital city by way of the motorway. Subsequently, the hearing of the Toshakhana case has been changed from the district and sessions court to the Judicial Complex, with the Chief Commissioner Office issuing a notice for the transfer.
Meanwhile, Lahore Police launched an anti-encroachment operation at Imran Khan’s residence Zaman Park, leaving several policemen and PTI activists injured during the clash.
Notably, the operation was carried out at a time when Imran Khan is away attending a hearing in an Islamabad court.
More than 1,000 security personnel took part in the grand operation being conducted after previous unsuccessful rounds at the location to arrest Imran Khan.
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