The ex-president is required by the authorities after refusing to appear before a court where he is accused of alleged corruption.
Imran Khan, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, appeared this Sunday before his followers hours after the Police will try to stop it at his home, located in the city of Lahore, for refusing to appear before a court accusing him of corruption.
Khan stated that he has refused to comply with the authorities’ orders because he fears for his life, due to alleged death threats. The politician maintained that the times he appeared before the court, the necessary measures were not taken to protect him.
“They (the police) know that there is a threat against my life“, assured Khan, noting that he has been booked in more than fifty cases. “I appeared before the Lahore High Court and the courts in Islamabad (Pakistani capital), but they did not give me security“, held.
That same day, Khan wrote a carta to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, requesting permission to take part in their court cases via video calls, due to “clear indications of another assassination attempt planned against my life”. In his letter, the politician did not specify who might be seeking his death.
“To date there are 74 cases against me and force me to appear in court for hearings on time and often,” Khan said in the letter, posted by his political party on Twitter. “Wherever I go, massive crowds naturally follow me. This further compounds the prevailing threat against my security,” he said.
Meanwhile, his aide, Fawad Chaudhry, said Khan could not be arrested because he had obtained a protective bond from a higher court. According to Chaudhry, the current authorities of the Asian country are trying to sow political chaos and avoid early electionsso they set out to arrest Khan, who enjoys great popularity among youth and urban voters.
Meanwhile, Pakistani Home Minister Rana Sanaullah claimed that Khan has to appear in court. March 7th. If you do not, the Police will be obliged to arrest you and present you in court.
Last Tuesday, a court in the capital, Islamabad, issued an arrest warrant for the former president, after he refused to attend the hearing in which he was accused of sell government gifts and hide their assets. The search of his house came a day after the police notified the arrest of Amjad Shoaib, a retired army general and Khan ally.
Khan headed the Pakistani government until April 10, 2022, when he was destitute after prospering a motion of censure in Parliament. He is the first head of government in the history of Pakistan to relinquish power due to such a legislative measure.
The politician denounced on several occasions that he was illegally removed and that the US had interfered in the process, something that Washington denies. In recent months, his figure has been at the focus of social tensions in the nation, which have led to anti-government protests promoted by his supporters after his dismissal, as well as an attempt on his life in November.
an assassination attempt
Khan survived an assassination attempt in November of last year. The politician was shot in the city of Gujranwala, Punjab province, and he was injured in the leg. A man detained at the scene stated that he wanted to kill Khan because he believes that he “is deceiving people”. However, the politician assured that the shooter “is not an extremist.” there was a plan behind the attempt (and) we will find out,” he promised at the time.
The assassination attempt sparked violent protests, which were supported by the Khan himself. In this way, the former prime minister sought to enforce his demands, which included early elections and the resignation of the prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif, and the other members of the government, whom he described as “suspected” of being behind the attack.
Khan accused Sharifto the Minister of the Interior, Rana Sanaullahalready an Intelligence officer, Major General Faisal, among others, of being behind the plot against him. For his part, the Chief Executive condemned the attack and advocated a transparent investigation of the facts.