Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called attempts by Islamabad police to arrest him in Toshakhana case “mere drama” in a tweet he claimed that the “real intent is to abduct & assassinate”.
The area outside former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan's residence at Zaman Park turned into a battleground as police and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers clashed on Tuesday as the heavy armoured police in riot gear has reached to arrest Imran Khan.
Amid the chaotic scenes, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan released a video message and asked the "kaum" to keep fighting.
In the video message, Imran Khan asked the PTI workers to keep fighting. He said that the struggle should not stop if he is sent to Jail or killed, the people of Pakistan have to keep fighting for their rights and freedom.
"My dear Pakistanis, police are here to arrest me. They think that "kaum" will sleep when Imran khan will go to jail. You have to prove them wrong. You have to prove that it is an alive "kaum".
"For your rights and freedom, you have to struggle and fight," he added.
"I have everything thing by the grace of God, I am fighting a war for you. I have fought all my life and keep fighting. But if I'm put into jail or I'm killed, then you have to prove that this kaum will struggle without Imran khan also," he said further.
Notably, while fighting for their "Freedom", PTI workers injured Islamabad Police Officer. Islamabad DIG had been injured. Footage aired on TV showed the senior police official struggling to walk as two other officials helped him.
A team of Islamabad police is in Lahore since Monday to comply with the court orders that had directed authorities to arrest the Pakistan Tehree-e-Insaf chief who is facing a number of cases filed against him in different cities.
On Monday, a district and sessions court in Islamabad restored the former prime minister's non-bailable arrest warrant in the Toshakhana case. The Islamabad court had earlier reserved its verdict on a petition filed by him seeking an exemption from the hearing.
Last week, the IHC suspended the non- bailable arrest warrant for Khan issued by the local court issued due to the PTI chief's continuous absence.
IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq accepted the PTI chief's plea against Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal's decision and directed Khan to ensure that he appears before the lower court.
Footage surfacing on Social Media showed police slowly inching toward the residence behind an armoured vehicle dispersing PTI supporters with a water cannon. Supporters could also be seen pelting stones at the policemen.
Footage also showed PTI supporters being teargassed as police arrived close to the main gate of Zaman Park. The workers, who had covered their faces with pieces of cloth and were carrying bottles of water, continued to pelt stones at officials.
PTI's Shireen Mazari shared a video where tear gas could be seen entering Imran's residence.