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Imran Khan gets temporary relief: Lahore High Court stops police operation at Zaman Park till 10 am tomorrow
Imran Khan
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Imran Khan gets temporary relief: Lahore High Court stops police operation at Zaman Park till 10 am tomorrow

| @indiablooms | 15 Mar 2023, 04:50 pm

Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday directed police to stop operation at Zaman Park residence of former Pakistan PM Imran Khan till 10 am on Thursday, giving a temporary relief to the PTI chief who is facing arrest in connectin with Toshakhana case.

LHC’s Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh, while hearing a petition filed by PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry seeking to stop the “atrocities” outside Zaman Park, passed these orders, reports Dawn News.

The police were seen retreating from the residence following the order given by the court, local media reported.

The police and PTI workers were engaged in a conflict since Tuesday when cops arrived at the former PM's residence to arrest him.

Earlier in the day,  Islamabad Police, backed by Punjab Police and Rangers resumed efforts — which began on Tuesday — to arrest Khan who was removed as the PM of Pakistan last year with the passage of a no-confidence vote against him.

Imran Khan reportedly stepped outside his residence after the police retreated.

Wearing a mask, he was seen meeting the PTI workers outside his house.

The video of his meeting was shared on the official Twitter handle of PTI.

The police have arrested 10 PTI workers so far.

Hospital sources told Geo News that at least 54 cops and eight citizens have been injured in the clashes that have been on going since Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Imran Khan claimed that the real intention of the Pakistani police was to 'abduct and assassinate' him and the plan to 'arrest' was nothing but a mere 'drama'.

"Clearly 'arrest' claim was mere drama because real intent is to abduct & assassinate. From tear gas & water cannons, they have now resorted to live firing. I signed a surety bond last evening, but the DIG refused to even entertain it. There is no doubt of their mala fide intent," Khan tweeted.

Why is Khan facing arrest?

The police reached the residence of the former PM to arrest him in the Toshakhana case. It is the only case in which his arrest warrants have not been suspended.

What is Toshakhana Case?

The reference, which alleges that Imran had not shared details of the gifts he retained from the Toshakhana (during his time as the prime minister) and proceeds from their reported sales, was filed by lawmakers from the ruling coalition last year. On October 21, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had concluded that the former premier had indeed made “false statements and incorrect declarations” regarding the gifts, reports Dawn News.

The Toshakhana is a department under the Cabinet Division that stores gifts given to rulers and government officials by heads of other governments and foreign dignitaries. According to Toshakhana rules, gifts/presents and other such materials received by persons to whom these rules apply shall be reported to the Cabinet Division, the newspaper reported.

The watchdog’s order had even said that the former Pakistan PM stood disqualified under Article 63(1)(p) of the Constitution.

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