Imran Khan, Facing Arrest In Terror Case, Targets Military Over Crackdown

Imran Khan Terror Case
Imran Khan Terror Case

Imran Khan Terror Case: Imran Khan slammed Pakistan’s military and even asked whether “neutrals were in fact neutral”, a term he uses to refer to the military establishment.

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday blamed the country’s military establishment for the ongoing crackdown on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which has escalated tensions in the country and increased the risk of large-scale unrest.

Dawn newspaper quoted Khan as saying at a political gathering, “On May 25, when the police used violence against us, I was told by insiders that the police had been ordered from above, which meant neutral people forced them to beat up PTI workers.” In Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi.

Imran Khan, Facing Arrest In Terror Case

He slammed the Pakistani military and even asked whether “neutrals were really neutral”, a term he uses for the military establishment.

Tension has been rising in Pakistan after the arrest of PTI leader Shahbaz Gill, who was allegedly tortured by the Islamabad police by party leaders.

Gill, a close aide of Imran Khan, was arrested on August 9 after making controversial remarks against the Pakistani military on TV, which were deemed “highly hateful and anti-national” by the country’s media authority.

Imran Khan said that Islamabad Police is not responsible for the torture of his colleague Shahbaz Gill. “They are pointing fingers at you too… Whenever anything wrong happens in Pakistan, you are blamed for it,” Dawn was quoted as saying by the PTI chief.

Imran Khan said he wanted to ask the powers “whether they were neutral or not”. Imran Khan Terror Case

On Sunday, Imran Khan was booked under an anti-terrorism law for allegedly threatening the federal capital’s Additional Sessions Judge, triggering a rift between the country’s coalition government and supporters of the former prime minister.

Amid the threat of arrest on the former Pakistan PM, PTI has drawn its “red line”, warning of dire consequences if the government tries to arrest Imran Khan.

After news of his possible arrest surfaced on Sunday night, many supporters gathered at Imran Khan’s Bani Gala residence.

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry asked his party workers to reach Imran’s Bani Gala residence in the early hours of Monday and said dozens of workers were still present at his house.

Addressing the media, another senior PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi told that he has asked his party workers to be ready and wait for the party’s call to protest in the matter of Imran’s arrest.

Qureshi warned that Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari would be responsible for the consequences if any untoward step was taken. Pakistani media quoted him as saying, “I was told that the street lights at the Bani Gala had been switched off.”

“We have to continue our political struggle within constitutional and legal limits,” the former federal minister warned the current government of dire consequences.

Pakistan Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah earlier said that Imran Khan should be ready to face the law as he had verbally threatened the IG, DIG and magistrate.