LAHORE: Fawad Chaudhry, former information minister and senior vice president of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has requested Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial to pay attention to the Zaman Park crisis as police try to detain party chairman Imran Khan.
PTI leader used Twitter to call for the chief justice to pay attention to the Zaman Park crisis and cease the use of police.
Fawad Chaudhry said that Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah was publicly threatening Imran Khan while speaking in a recent interview.
He remarked that “on the one hand, they [the government] refused to provide security for elections while a huge presence of police arrived in Zaman Park to arrest Imran Khan,” adding that police had even been given helicopters to use in the arrest of Khan.
PTI leader criticized the Punjab administration, saying that while they were “crying” about not having “enough funds for holding elections,” millions of rupees were being spent on the arrest of the former prime minister.
It is important to note that PTI supporters had congregated outside Imran Khan’s Zaman Park mansion in Lahore when the Islamabad police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse them.
After a district and sessions court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran Khan for missing the Toshakhana reference hearing, the police squad travelled to Lahore to make the arrest Toshakhana reference, the court of ADSJ Zafar Iqbal reinstated Imran’s non-bailable arrest warrants. It told the police to detain PTI leader and bring him before a judge by March 18.
The spokesperson for the Islamabad police stated in a statement that they had travelled to Lahore in response to court orders to arrest PTI leader.
While reacting to the reports of the arrest, PTI leader Hammad Azhar on Sunday afternoon advised all party workers to reach Zaman Park in Lahore and remain calm.
Imran Khan’s message
PTI leader urged the country to be firm and fight for “Haqeeqi Azadi (genuine freedom) and rule of law” in a video message posted on Twitter.
Imran Khan urged the party members and followers to show the current leaders “wrong” by pointing out that the government thinks the country “won’t respond” if he is detained.
The former premier told the nation, “You [the nation] have to prove that we are a living nation,” calling on them to continue their fight for genuine independence and leave their homes. He added that he would keep fighting for the Rule of Law to rule supreme.