PTI Chairman Imran Khan, top party leaders booked

PTI Chairman Imran Khan, top party leaders booked

Islamabad/Rawalpindi (Staff Report/Agencies): Islamabad police on Thursday registered separate cases against at least 150 people including PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Asad Umar, Asad Qaiser and others of his party over allegations of arson and vandalism, in the wake of the party’s Azadi march.

In the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, capital police registered at least three cases against PTI leaders and activists for putting up resistance against law enforcers and damaging state property.

Two FIRs were registered at Kohsar police station over the complaint of Sub-Inspector Asif Raza and Sub-Inspector Ghulam Sarwar under Sections 109 (abetment), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 186 (obstructing public service), 188 (disobedience), 353 (assault on public servant), 427 (causing damage) and 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

In the other FIR, SI Sarwar stated  that he and other police officers were on duty at Express Chowk when at 12:30am, around 100-150 PTI protesters, equipped with rods and inflammatory material, chanted slogans, incited people and set fire to the trees and Metro Bus station near Geo Chowk. He added that the protesters also smashed the mirrors of the office of a private TV news channel.

The FIR filed on SI Sarwar’s complaint named the PTI chief as well as Asad Umar, Imran Ismail, Raja Khurram Nawaz, Ali Amin Gandapur, Ali Nawaz Awan and other party leaders.

Earlier the day, Imran Khan gave six-day deadline to the federal government to announce elections.

Addressing the protesters at Islamabad's 9th Avenue, the PTI chief warned that he would return to the capital with the "entire nation" if the demands of dissolving assemblies and announcement of election were not met.

“I had decided that I will sit here until the government dissolves assemblies and announces elections, but of what I have seen in the past 24 hours, they (govt) are taking the nation towards anarchy,” he said, claiming that the government was also trying to create a divide between the nation and police.