Pakistan: Investigation Team Summons Imran Khan in May 9 incidents


The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) set up to probe the Jinnah House attack on May 9 has once again called former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for questioning, ARY News reported. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has been asked to appear before the JIT on August 4. The JIT has summoned the PTI chairman in all the nominated cases, including the one registered at the Sarwar Road police station. This is the fourth time that JIT has summoned Imran Khan

However, he has appeared before the JIT only once, ARY News quoted sources as saying. Jinnah House was allegedly attacked after several leaders and activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) entered the area on May 9 to protest against the arrest of Imran Khan. On May 9, PTI chief Imran Khan was arrested. Islamabad High Court in Al Qadir Trust case. Following his arrest, protests broke out in Pakistan and military installations including the Lahore Corps Commander’s residence and state properties were attacked in Pakistan.

According to police records, 50 per cent of the suspects, including the prime accused, in the case related to the Jinnah House attack are still absconding, reports ARY News. Law enforcement agencies are yet to arrest 50 per cent of the suspects, including the prime accused in cases related to the Jinnah House attack during the May 9 protests. ARY News, citing Lahore police records, reported that at least 151 suspects involved in vandalizing Jinnah House were arrested. In addition, 425 of the 1,400 suspected of creating chaos outside the building were arrested, ARY News reported.

The records showed that the identities of 185 people who vandalized the building are still unknown, reports ARY News. However, the authorities have been able to identify 915 suspects protesting outside Jinnah House. Last week, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan the ‘mastermind’ behind the incidents on May 9, aimed at the military leadership, The News International reported. Had to uproot.

Shehbaz Sharif also said that PTI workers as well as a group of politicians, some army personnel and their families were involved in the May 9 violence. Pakistan’s army has described it as a ‘black day’ in the history of the country. During an interview on the Geo News programme, Shehbaz Sharif said, “Those involved in the events of May 9 wanted to overthrow the military leadership.” According to The News International, Shehbaz further mentioned that the planners wanted “anarchy” and “war” in the country.

The government and army of Pakistan have arrested and detained several PTI workers and leaders for allegedly participating in such events. Following the attack, the army dismissed two senior officers and a lieutenant general, according to a report by Pakistan News International. Army spokesman Major General Ahmed Sharif Chaudhry said two departmental inquiries and punishment were given as per the recommendations. Meanwhile, the PTI has taken part in the attacks, however, the government and the military have rejected their claims.

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