Pakistan government mulling legal options to ban Imran Khan’s PTI

*According to the Tribune, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah hinted that legal action could be taken to declare former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) a banned outfit.

*Rana stated at a press conference in Lahore on Saturday that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) legal team was investigating the matter in light of several revelations that could result in a reference being filed against the party.

He did, however, clarify that it is ultimately up to the courts to declare a political party illegal.

*According to him, Punjab Police along with other law enforcement agencies conducted an operation against the “no-go area” in Lahore where a purported political leader had allegedly created an “atmosphere of fear”.

According to Sanaullah, the action was taken after resistance was encountered during the execution of court orders, raising concerns about the presence of a possible terrorist organization, according to Tribune.

“As a result of the operation, the no-go zone in Zaman Park has been removed.”

Despite having a search warrant, officials did not enter the home “He went on to say.

*According to the interior minister, 65 people have been arrested from the building’s exterior; the majority of them are not Punjabis, and their role is suspicious.

Guns, petrol bomb-making equipment, slingshots, and other weapons were also recovered from Zaman Park, according to him.

Earlier on Saturday, Punjab police conducted a surprise search of Imran’s home, hours after he left to appear before a local court in Islamabad, and arrested several people.

Former Punjab chief minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf president Chaudhry Parvez Elahi called the police raid at Zaman Park a grave violation of Lahore High Court orders, claiming that the operation was ordered by Maryam Nawaz and Rana Sanaullah.

The PTI leadership has strongly condemned the “state terrorism” attack on party chairman Imran Khan’s residence, which they described as “part of a London Plan to eliminate him,” according to the Dawn.

*The Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore himself was said to be monitoring the operation as police used heavy machinery to break down the gate of PTI chief Imran Khan’s residence.

Water cannons, bulldozers, and a prisoner van accompanied the police They used cranes to quickly demolish PTI camps in the area and remove barriers and containers

.*Dr Usman Anwar, the Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP), stated that weapons were recovered during today’s search operation.

“We retrieved weapons from Imran Khan’s home. There are more weapons present. It was given the impression that it was a no-go zone, but we have cleared it “During a press conference, the Punjab IGP was flanked by Caretaker Punjab Minister for Information Amir Mir.

He also stated that some bunkers had been built at Zaman Park, as well as bullet-proof equipment. According to the Tribune, he also stated that all illegal encroachments have been removed.

Imran Khan’s legal proceedings began after he was removed from office in a parliamentary vote early last year. The 70-year-old politician has been calling for an early election.

*Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has rejected Khan’s demands, stating that the election will take place as planned later this year. Political infighting occurs as the country struggles with an economic crisis and awaits a USD1.1 billion bailout package from the IMF.

The case before the Islamabad High Court accuses Imran Khan of selling luxury watches and other items given to the state during his tenure as Prime Minister from 2018 to 2022.

The Pakistan Election Commission convicted him and barred him from holding public office for one parliamentary term. Imran claims he is avoiding the hearings because he is concerned about his safety.


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