Punjab govt orders PTI to handover ‘terrorists' hiding in Imran's Lahore residence

'PTI should hand over these terrorists or the law will take its course'


Punjab's interim government has given Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) an ultimatum to hand over “30-40 terrorists that have taken refuge" at Imran Khan's Zaman Park residence in Lahore to the police. 

“PTI should hand over these terrorists or the law will take its course,”  Caretaker Information Minister Aamir Mir told Geo TV. He also added that the government was aware about the presence of these "terrorists" as it had credible intelligence reports. "The intelligence report that has come is very alarming," Mir said.

A top Pakistani court here on Wednesday extended until May 31 its order to prevent the arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan in any case filed against him after May 9.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) ruling came after the government's lawyer requested more time to provide information about the cases filed against the 70-year-old Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party chief.

Mir accused PTI of behaving like a "non-state actor", and alleged that former PM Khan has been targeting the military for over a year. Khan was arrested on May 9 outside the IHC by the Rangers, a paramilitary force in the Al-Qadri Trust case. Protests erupted after Khan's arrest. 

Mir said the attacks on military installations during protests on May 9 were carried out under a set plan and that the current Punjab CM has given a 'freehand' to the Punjab Police to deal with 'arsonists' and that the government has adopted a “zero tolerance policy" towards the attacks. “Several arsonists were in touch with people inside Zaman Park during the attack on the Corps Commander House. They will be made an example so that no one will carry out such an act in the future,” Mir said 

– With PTI inputs

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