Imran Khan, the head of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), as well as other PTI leaders and supporters, have been charged with the vandalizing of public property during rioting at Zaman Park.
On Tuesday, the day the standoff between the police and party members started, PTI leader had been arrested in one of the four instances. The cases have been reported in accordance with laws related to terrorism, attempted murder, burning and damaging government property, and other laws.
Imran Khan was the target of a criminal rioting plot, according to the first information report (FIR) lodged against him at the Race Course police station in Lahore.
According to the FIR, PTI members attacked the police with batons, bricks, stones, and petrol bombs at the direction of Imran Khan and other party leaders, injuring Shehzad Bukhari, the deputy inspector-general of operations for the Islamabad police.
It also stated that more Lahore Police officers were summoned in to help contain the commotion after which PTI workers became rowdier and screamed anti-arrest chants.
The FIR alleged that when they started throwing stones and gasoline-filled bottles, they damaged and burned both public and private property, including police vans, water cannons, and browser vehicles, as well as inflicted injuries on the personnel.
Imran Khan has been charged with violating the Pakistan Penal Code’s (PPC) Sections 109 (punishment of abetment if the Act abetted a crime and no specific provision is made for its punishment), 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy), 147 (punishment of rioting), 148 (rioting with a deadly weapon), 149 (every member of an unlawful assembly guilty of an offense committed in furtherance of a common object), and 172 (PPC). The former premier has also been charged with violating Sections 174 (failure to appear in compliance with a public servant’s order), 186 (obstructing the performance of public duties by a public servant), 212 (harboring offender), 290 (punishment for public nuisance in cases not otherwise provided for), 291 (continuance of nuisance after injunction to discontinue), and 324 (public nuisance after injunction to discontinue) (attempt to commit qatl-i-amd). “Provisions for the case against the PTI chairman also include Section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty); 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees); 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc); 440 (mischief committed after preparation made for causing death or hurt); 506 (ii) (punishment for criminal intimidation or grievous hurt, etc); and the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997”.