- Following the registration of the case, the Pakistani Interior Ministry had requested written permission from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s office to arrest Imran Khan.
- Earlier today, reports suggested that the PTI chairman left his Bani Gala residence to avoid arrest
- Under Section 7 of ATA, the FIR was filed in Islamabad’s Margalla Police Station on a complaint from Magistrate Ali Javed
Imran Khan was booked on Sunday under the Anti-Terrorism Act for allegedly threatening police, the judiciary, and other state institutions at his rally on Saturday in Islamabad.
As per the plea filed by his lawyers – Babar Awan and Faisal Chaudhry, Khan Khan was a “target of the ruling PDM (Pakistan Democratic Movement) for his fearless criticism, and extremely bold and blunt stance against corruption and corrupt politicians”, reported Dawn.
“And to achieve this malicious agenda, acting in a most unfortunate and clumsy manner, a false and frivolous complaint has been registered against him by the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) police at the behest of the incumbent government,” it added.
Furthermore, the plea claimed that the government had decided to “cross all limits” to arrest Imran “under false accusations” and was “hell-bent to sort out the petitioner and his party at all costs”.
In Islamabad, the case against Khan was registered at the Margalla Police Station.
According to the FIR, Khan made remarks that “terrorised and threatened top police officials and a respected female additional sessions judge” to keep them from doing their jobs and prevent them from taking action against any individual associated with his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party (PTI).
Khan’s speech spread fear and uncertainty among the police, judges, and the nation, it added.