A team of Quetta police on Friday arrived in Lahore to arrest Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in a case related to alleged hate remarks against state institutions.
SP City Nadeem Ahmed is leading a team comprising DSP Abdul Sattar Achakzai, Sub Inspector Malik Hameed, two commandos Qaiser and Sultan. The team, which has received non-bailable arrest warrants from a local court in Balochistan’s capital, has informed Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Bilal Siddique Kamyana in this regard.
Sources said a contingent comprising 1,300 personnel from anti-riot forces would be sought by Punjab police to arrest the defiant politician. The Quetta police are expected to shift Mr Khan to Mach jail after arresting him.
A day earlier, a judicial magistrate issued non-bailable arrest warrants for the deposed premier, ordering the authorities concerned to produce Mr Khan before the court after arresting him.
On Monday, a case was registered against the former prime minister at the Bijli Road police station in Quetta for alleged hate speech against state institutions. In the FIR, the complainant said the Islamabad police had reached Zaman Park to arrest the PTI chief but he evaded his arrest and later addressed his workers through a video link in which he incited the public against the institutions.
The petitioner said Mr Khan hurled baseless allegations against security officers and attempted to create unrest in the country.