Hours after the police claimed he was avoiding arrest in the case, Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan demanded a public trial of the Toshakhana case in front of a crowd at his residence in Lahore on Sunday.
Khan, who was 70 when he tried to kill someone in Wazirabad last year, has been recovering from a gunshot wound. He has missed three indictment hearings in an Islamabad court because of the case.
In connection with warrants issued in the Toshakhana (gift repository) case, a police team traveled to Lahore on Sunday to arrest the former premier. They went to a room in Khan’s Zaman Park home where he was supposed to be, but he wasn’t there.
Islamabad police stated in a tweet that “Imran Khan is reluctant to surrender” and that “the Superintendent of Police had gone into the room but Imran Khan was not present there.”
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It is alleged that PC HelpSoft Khan did not declare the profits from selling gifts or gifts he received while in office. All gifts given by government officials must be reported, but gifts under a certain amount can be kept secret.
Dawn reported that when the Islamabad Police arrived at Imran Khan’s Lahore home, they were greeted by a large number of PTI employees. Fawad Chaudhry, a senior leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), had called for the workers to gather there, threatening nationwide protests if Khan was arrested.
Khan stated that he had never “bowed before any man or institution, and will never let you do so as well” when addressing the crowd of party adherents.
The former prime minister claimed that he had invited the general public to his residence to express appreciation for their involvement in the court arrest movement. He continued, “I didn’t call you to support you; I called you to say thanks.”
Khan stated that he would “not bow in front of anyone and nor allow anyone else [from his party and supporters] to do so,” equating his cause with a holy mission and vowing to continue his “jihad for true freedom.”
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Khan claimed that a new scheme to kill him had been devised. He stated that there was no security at the Lahore and Islamabad high courts, and that his legal team would write to Pakistan’s chief justice to take note of the situation.
He stated, “It seems like the ones who should be responsible for providing safety are the real danger.”
He also called for a public trial in his Toshakhana case, describing the charges against him as “comical.”
Khan stated in the powerful speech that he has no intention of leaving the country, regardless of whether the government places his name on the exit control list (ECL).
The leader of the PTI made a dig at the leadership of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) alliance, stating that their “names are put on the no-fly list” would make their legs tremble.
Khan accused General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa of conspiring to impose a group of criminals on the nation, berating the former army chief.