Karachi: At least 19 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) supporters protesting against the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan were arrested by the police in Karachi, ARY News reported.
In a statement, the police said they have arrested 19 PTI workers and supporters from across Karachi, protesting the arrest of Imran Khan.
The police said five party supporters were arrested outside Karachi Press Club, 11 from District Malir, five from Sharafi Goth, six from Quaidabad and three from North Nazimabad Block-K.
Earlier on Saturday, PTI called for peaceful protests in Pakistan within the ambit of the law and Constitution after the arrest of the party’s chairman Imran Khan, Pakistan-based Dawn reported.
This comes after a Pakistan district and sessions court on Saturday sentenced Imran Khan to three years in prison in the Toshakhana case – for illegally selling state gifts – and has disqualified from politics for a period of five years, local media reported.
The PTI said it started taking action as per Imran Khan’s instructions for its organisation and political plan of action, adding that the entire nation had rejected the verdict of the sessions court.
PTI supporters, including lawyers, protested Imran Khan’s arrest outside his Zaman Park residence in Lahore.
Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Humayun Dilawar in a short order said, “The court finds its more than convincing that the complainant (ECP) had provided confidence-inspiring, well-knitted and corroborated evidence, and so the charge against the accused has successfully been proven that the accused has committed offence of corrupt practices by making and publishing false statements/declaration in respect of assets acquired by way of gifts from Toshakhana and disposed of during years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020,” according to Dawn.
Meanwhile, Imran Khan’s arrest came approximately three months after his first arrest on May 9 when he was arrested in Islamabad in the Al-Qadir Trust case.
His arrest on May 9 sparked widespread violence and important military installations came under attack. In May, PTI leaders and workers took to the streets to hold protests against his arrest.
After the court’s verdict, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday approached Lahore High Court against the party chairman Imran Khan’s arrest in the Toshakhana case, Pakistan-based ARY News reported. PTI lawyer Umair Niazi has filed the petition on behalf of the PTI chairman, according to the news report.
Following his arrest and being sentenced to three years in prison and disqualified from politics for five years, a video message of the former prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has surfaced on social media in which he said that his arrest was expected.
In the video, which he recorded before his arrest, Imran Khan said that when his video message would reach everyone (PTI workers and supporters), he would be arrested.
“My arrest was expected and I recorded this message before my arrest. It is one more step in fulfilling London Plan but I want my party workers to remain peaceful, steadfast and strong.”