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Police file terrorism charges against former Pakistan PM Imran Khan and his supporters

Pakistani police have brought charges of terrorism against Imran Khan and 17 of his aides, and many of his supporters.

After the clashes between the former premier and security forces in Islamabad the day before, the move was made on Sunday.

Mr Khan‘s supporters fought with police outside a courtroom for several hours Saturday. The 70-year-old former prime Minister was scheduled to appear in court to face corruption charges.

As Mr Khan’s house was raided, police received a lot of stones and petrol bombs.

Image Police arrest Mr Khan’s friends at his house on Saturday

As they clashed in Lahore’s eastern city with supporters of the politician, officers used tear gas and made 59 arrests during the violence.

A man standing on top of the compound’s sprawling roof lit a fire during the operation.

At least 50 police officers sustained injuries, and many cars and motorbikes were also set on fire at a checkpoint.

Image People gather outside the Khan house on Sunday

Khan didn’t appear in court to answer charges of having sold state gifts he received while in office, and concealing assets. The hearing was subsequently rescheduled for 30 March by the judge.

In addition to Mr Khan, the police complaint filed Sunday also charges former and current politicians, former ministers and dozens more of Mr Khan’s supporters.

These charges include terrorist acts, attacks on police and obstructing officer in doing their jobs as well as wounding officers or threatening their lives.

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Police storm Imran Khan’s home

These developments involve increasing violence around Mr Khan, who was expelled in a no confidence vote in parliament last April.

Since then, the former cricket star has claimed without providing any evidence that his removal from office was illegal and part of a conspiracy by Shahbaz Sharif’s government, Washington.

Image Khan supporters run for cover as police use tear gas to disperse them

Both Mr Sharif, and the US, have denied these allegations.

After this weekend’s clashes Mr Khan claimed in a video message that Sunday that the police were responsible for Khan’s failure to appear in court. He said that he had never left his vehicle while the police used tear gas against his convoy and his supporters.

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Image The clashes in Islamabad meant that Mr Khan couldn’t reach the courtroom

Khan claimed that his enemies are determined to either put him behind bars, or kill him. He also condemned the raid on Khan’s home in Lahore, calling it “shameful strategies, conspiracies, and plans”.

Rana Sanaullah, Interior Minister, responded by accusing Mr Khan “creating all of the drama just to avoid the courts.”


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