Imran Khan poses in court as supporters of the former Pakistani leader clash with police | CNN
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan marked his much-anticipated court appearance on Saturday in the capital, Islamabad, leaving after the scheduled procedures.
Clashes broke out between Khan’s supporters and the police in Islamabad as he tried to enter the High Court in the capital. Clashes also broke out in the city of Lahore.
An arrest warrant was issued for Khan on Monday, requiring him to appear in court on Saturday. After a week of clashes across the country, all arrest warrants against Khan were suspended on Friday after Khan vowed to appear in court.
On Saturday, D.C. authorities issued an order making it illegal for any gathering of more than four people to gather. Khan left the city of Lahore in the early hours of Saturday morning, heading to Islamabad by land. Travel with a caravan of hundreds of supporters.
Zohar Khan has been assigned a high-security judicial compound on the outskirts of the capital, with hundreds of riot police deployed to the area. Islamabad Police said in a tweet that upon their arrival at the compound, Khan’s supporters began “throwing stones” at the police, and the police responded with tear gas.
Khan appeared after waiting five hours to enter the judicial complex.
In an audio message Khan sent to reporters, Khan said he was “waiting outside [judicial complex’s] The door was “fully trying to get in” but the police’s use of tear gas made it appear they “didn’t want” him to get into court.
Separately in the city of Lahore, police raided Khan’s house with bulldozers removing camps set up by Imran Khan’s supporters. Interior Minister Rana Sanalla told a press conference that the police operation in Khan’s house was done to “clear the restricted areas” and “arrest the miscreants hiding inside”.
Khan’s team claimed that only Khan’s wife and household staff were inside the house when the raid took place.