Protection site

Home of former Pakistani PM Imran Khan gets police protection after his close aide is arrested

Earlier, Imran Khan’s close aide Shahbaz Gill was arrested in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Islamabad:

Following reports of some movement towards the residence of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Banigala, Pakistan Muslim Quaid League (PML-Q) leader Moonis Elahi said he was dispatching police from Punjab for the protection of Pakistani leader Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

In a tweet, Elahi wrote, “I have heard of a move towards Banigala. We are sending Punjab Police for protection.”

Another tweet from a Pakistani journalist while confirming this wrote, “Moonis Elahi sends Punjab Police to Bani Gala for protection of @ImranKhanPTI after rumors of operation in #ImranKhan’s residence.”

Earlier, Khan’s close aide Shahbaz Gill was arrested in Islamabad on Tuesday. An Islamabad police spokesman said Shahbaz Gill was arrested for inciting the public to oppose state institutions.

On Monday, hours after a Pakistani media portal released a report that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) activated its strategic media cell to slander Pakistan’s President Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). , Imran Khan, the media has been suspended. .

“After banning ARY yesterday, they arrested @SHABAZGIL today. Pakistan is living under an imported fascist government, which does not care about the human rights of the Pakistani people. We strongly demand the immediate release of the Dr Gill,” Imran Khan’s PTI tweeted.

PTI leader and former federal minister Fawad Chaudhry said Gill was picked up from Banigala Chowk by unidentified people in cars with missing license plates.

“Shahbaz Gil was kidnapped in Bani Gala Chowk by people who came in vehicles without license plates,” Chaudhry tweeted.

The former prime minister slammed the arrest, asking ‘can such shameful acts take place in any democracy?’ “This is a kidnapping, not an arrest. Can such shameful acts take place in any democracy? Political workers are treated as enemies. And all this to make us accept a government foreign-backed crooks,” Imran Khan tweeted.

An Islamabad police spokesman said Shahbaz Gill was arrested for inciting the public against state institutions, Geo News reported.

Police said Gill was arrested for “making statements against state institutions and inciting the people to rebellion”.

The spokesperson said that an FIR has been registered against the head of the PTI at Banigala police station. The Pakistani publication claimed the PTI leader tried to incite hatred in the Pakistani military while speaking the previous day on ARY News, which was restricted in parts of the country.

On Monday, the transmission of FYR News of Pakistan was suspended in different parts of Pakistan. The Human Rights Commission in Pakistan (HRCP) has strongly opposed the shutdowns of ARY News and called on the country’s regulatory authorities not to arbitrarily take down the channels.

“HRCP strongly opposes disruptions to @ARYNEWSOFFICIAL. PEMRA must refrain from arbitrarily removing channels and protect the right of all media houses to freedom of expression, exercised responsibly,” the HRCP tweeted. HRCP.

Pakistan is one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, with three to four murders every year, often linked to cases of corruption or illegal trafficking and which go completely unpunished, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Any journalist who crosses the red lines dictated by the Pakistani army is likely to be the target of extensive surveillance that can lead to kidnapping and detention of varying lengths in state prisons or in lesser prisons. official.

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