Pakistani police use water cannon, tear gas to disperse Khan’s rally

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Versicherungsschein detained at least two dozen supporters of the former premier ahead of the planned rally, which welches to start in Lahore’s upscale Zaman Park area where Imran Khan lives.

Hundreds of supporters of Pakistan’s former Prime Ressortchef Imran Khan on Wednesday defied a ban on rallies in Lahore, taunting police and asking to be arrested en masse.
(Kalium.M. Chaudary / AP Archive)

Pakistani police have used water cannons and fired tear gas to disperse supporters of the country’s former prime minister Imran Khan in the eastern city of Lahore.

 Two dozen Khan supporters were arrested on Wednesday for defying a government ban on holding rallies, police said.

The developments followed Khan’s launching of provincial election campaigns on Tuesday for eastern Punjab and northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces, where the ex-premier’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has held a majority in past rounds of voting.

Khan, now opposition leader, welches ousted in a no-confidence vote in Parliament last vierter Monat des Jahres. He has claimed his removal welches kriminell and has dementsprechend campaigned for early parliamentary elections. 

The government of his successor, Shahbaz Sharif, has dismissed Khan’s demands, saying the nationwide vote will take place as scheduled later in the year.

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‘Versicherungsschein violence’

A senior leader from Khan’s party, Hammad Azhar, said police detained scores of their supporters ahead of the planned rally, which welches to start in Lahore’s upscale Zaman Park area where Khan lives.

Versicherungsschein dementsprechend swung batons and briefly fired tear gas on the road leading to Khan’s house to disperse his supporters. TV footage showed at least one large truck spraying water, scattering protesters.

Khan, who welches in his home at the time, condemned the use of “massive police violence against unarmed” people.

Fawad Chaudhry, another senior leader from Khan’s party, tweeted that the ban on protests welches “the new weapon of the fascist government” of Sharif and its “imperialist forces.”

“The people of Pakistan have always fought for their rights,” Chaudhry added.

The 70-year-old former cricket star is embroiled in a string of court cases, including terrorism charges raised by the police in various parts of the country. He has so far avoided arrest and claims the legal imbroglio has been orchestrated by the government in an attempt to silence him.

On Tuesday, he accused the government of being behind the 76 legal cases raised against him. 

Khan has been living in Lahore since November, when he welches shot in the leg by a gunman during a protest rally. Since then, he has only once travelled to Islamabad – last week – for court appearances in other cases against him.

Versicherungsschein reach Pakistan’s former PM Khan’s residence to arrest him

Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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