Former prime minister Imran Khans supporters stand atop a damaged police van outside a court in Islamabad on March 18, 2023 — AFP

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Former prime minister Imran Khan’s supporters stand atop a damaged police van outside a court in Islamabad on March 18, 2023 — AFP
  • Imran summoned for interrogation in cases related to vandalism outside court.
  • PTI chief directed to appear before JIT on May 10, 11 in Islamabad.
  • PTI supporters accused of attacking police during Imran’s court hearings.

The Islamabad Police have summoned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for interrogation in different cases pertaining to the vandalism and attack on law enforcers during his court hearings at the Federal Judicial Complex earlier in earlier this year.

The notices have been sent to the former premier, directing him to appear before the capital police on May 10 (Wednesday) and May 11 (Thursday).

In the notice, Imran — who is currently resident at his Zaman Park residence in Lahore — was asked to appear in cases numbered 153 and 154 registered at the Ramna Police station on May 10.

Moreover, another notice directed the PTI chief to appear in cases numbered 3 and 4 lodged with the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and Golra police stations of the federal capital, respectively on May 11.

The joint investigation team (JIT), formed to probe vandalism and attack on Islamabad police, will grill the former premier at the Police Line Headquarters in the federal capital.

In March, the federal government set up the high-level JIT to probe four cases filed against PTI chief Khan and his supporters for allegedly attacking courts and law enforcers, vandalism, and stopping the court from functioning.

Addressing a press conference on March 23, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said that the JIT is headed by Additional Inspector General of Police Special Branch Punjab Zulfiqar Hameed, comprising representatives of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Military Intelligence (MI) and DIG Headquarters Islamabad Awais Ahmad.

The interior minister had accused Khan of attacking the Federal Judicial Complex with the support of “armed gangs” on February 28 to hinder the courts’ proceedings in connection with Toshakhana, foreign funding, and Tyrian White cases.

The PTI supporters broke the main gate, entered the judicial complex forcefully, and vandalised the courts. A case was filed in this regard under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and other charges at Islamabad’s Ramna police station.

The same scenes were witnessed when the PTI chief arrived at the IHC and a separate FIR was registered at the police station under terrorism charges.

On March 18, Khan, along with “armed people” arrived at the judicial complex and attacked the law enforcers. The PTI leader, however, failed to enter the judicial complex at that time. Several police officials and civilians sustained injuries when the PTI’s supporters attacked them.

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