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Imran has been implicated as the key suspect in the May 9th case.

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Imran has been implicated as the key suspect in the May 9th case.

The presented challan concerns acts of vandalism at various locations, including the Lahore Corps Commander's House (Jinnah House), Askari Tower, Shadman Police Station, and Sherpao Bridge, which occurred during the nationwide protests that ensued following Imran Khan's apprehension by the paramilitary Rangers on May 9. In this document, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief and other party leaders are identified as the primary suspects.

In the submitted challan, the accused individuals include PTI chief Imran Khan, founding party member and former Punjab governor Omar Sarfaraz Cheema, former provincial ministers Mian Mehmoodur Rashid and Dr. Yasmeen Rashid, fashion designer Khadija Shah, and Sanam Javed.

Imran Khan's arrest on May 9 took place at the Islamabad High Court (IHC), where he was attending proceedings related to the Al-Qadir Trust case. Subsequently, nationwide protests erupted, leading to acts of rioting, including attacks on crucial government and military facilities.

In response, the government implemented a four-day shutdown of internet and mobile services. This measure significantly impeded the flow of information and had adverse effects on economic activities throughout the country.

Since then, the state has taken into custody thousands of PTI leaders and workers, with a majority of them originating from Punjab. Many of them, including those identified as the primary suspects in the challan presented on Thursday, continue to be in detention. Additionally, at least 102 individuals are currently being held in military custody awaiting trial under the Pakistan Army Act in conjunction with the Official Secrets Act. Both of these acts were modified earlier in the year.

The PTI chief was released on May 11, following a Supreme Court ruling that deemed his arrest by the paramilitary force to be unlawful. However, he was arrested for the second time on August 5, subsequent to a local court in Islamabad convicting him in the Toshakhana case, effectively closing the door on his participation in the upcoming general elections. Currently, he remains incarcerated with more than 150 cases pending against him.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the police also submitted a challan related to an arson attack on Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi's squad car.

Tayyaba Dua

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