Over 100 extra staff of jailed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf celebration have been arrested in Pakistan’s Punjab province capital Lahore in reference to assaults on navy installations in May, police mentioned on November 12.
“We have arrested 105 PTI workers wanted in the attacks on Lahore Corps Commander House and Askari Tower (allegedly owned by the son of former army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa) in different parts of the city on Saturday,” a Lahore police assertion mentioned on November 12.
It mentioned a crackdown has been launched towards round 1,000 PTI staff who nonetheless managed to flee the arrest in reference to the May 9 assaults.
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On May 9, violent protests erupted after the arrest of Mr. Khan by paramilitary Rangers from the premises of the Islamabad High Court. His celebration staff vandalised a dozen navy installations, together with the Jinnah House (Lahore Corps Commander home), Mianwali airbase and the ISI constructing in Faisalabad. The Army headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi was additionally attacked by the mob for the primary time.
On Wednesday, police arrested 62 staff of Khan’s celebration in Lahore on this respect.
Police motion towards the PTI leaders and staff has been intensified throughout the nation following the announcement of basic elections in Pakistan on February 8, 2024.
According to Mr. Khan’s celebration, over 10,000 leaders and staff of the celebration have been in jail since early May in reference to assaults on navy and state installations following the arrest of the previous Prime Minister.
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The celebration’s core committee has strongly condemned the state’s coercive techniques, and reprisal actions towards the PTI staff and leaders even after the announcement of the polls date.
“We condemn the illegal fascist measures of the state against peaceful political activities before the elections. The nation will not accept rigged polls held in such uneven electoral field and with state interference,” it mentioned.
It added that after fixing the ballot date, the reprehensible makes an attempt to drive the PTI out of the electoral enviornment and deprive it of a degree enjoying subject have turn out to be extra outstanding earlier than the world.
Mr. Khan has been detained at Adiala Jail Rawalpindi within the cipher case.