3,000 people apprehended during clashes in Punjab province after Imran`s arrest


The police in PakistanPunjab province on Friday claimed to have arrested 3,000 people, including women, amid violent clashes between Imran Khan’s supporters and security agencies following the former prime minister’s arrest earlier this week.

After Khan, the law and order situation in Punjab state was under control on Friday Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) The party was granted protective bail in a corruption case.

The PTI chief was arrested on Tuesday from the Islamabad High Court premises in the Al-Qadir Trust case after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) issued an arrest warrant against him.

Punjab’s Inspector General of Police, Dr Usman Anwar, told reporters that 3,000 people had been arrested across Punjab during violent clashes since Tuesday, mainly in the provincial capital Lahore.

He said miscreants set ablaze and damaged more than 80 vehicles of law enforcement agencies and damaged 14 government buildings/institutions in the state.
Anwar said more than 150 police personnel were also injured, adding that those arrested would be prosecuted on terrorism charges.

As law enforcement agencies put the death toll at 10, the opposition PTI party claimed 40 of its workers were killed in the clashes. “At least 40 PTI workers have been killed and over 100 injured in clashes in Pakistan,” PTI leader and former federal minister Murad Saeed said in a video message.
Police on Friday also arrested several PTI leaders, including former ministers Dr Shireen Mazari, Dr Yasmin Rashid, Khusro Bakhtiar and Ijaz Chaudhary.

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Law enforcement agencies have already arrested Shahmood Qureshi, Fawad Chaudhary, Asad Umar, Qasim Suri, Ali Muhammad Khan and the party’s key leadership Malika Bokhari. The army was deployed in the national capital as well as in the provinces of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to maintain law and order after Khan’s supporters attacked the army’s general headquarters in Rawalpindi.

After his residence was set on fire, the Lahore Corps Commander, Salman Fayaz Ghani, had to be shifted from his office. PTI protesters also set fire to the Corps Commander’s House, also known as Jinnah House, in Lahore to vent their anger over Khan’s arrest.

Police have booked Khan and 1,500 of his party leaders and workers for setting fire to the army commander’s house, in which two protesters were killed. Pakistani army personnel also took out a flag march on major arteries of Lahore to make their presence felt on Thursday.

Khan was ousted from power in April after losing a no-confidence vote in his leadership, which he accused of being part of a US-led conspiracy to target him because of his independent foreign policy decisions on Russia, China and Afghanistan. was He is the only Pakistani Prime Minister who was dismissed in a no-confidence motion in Parliament.

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