Imran Niazi to be
arrested once his
protective bail expires;
warns Rana Sanaullah

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah on Sunday said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan Nizai has been nominated as accused in over dozen of cases including rioting, sedition, chaos and armed attacks at the federation.

In a series of tweets, the minister said the security detail being deployed outside the Imran Khan’s Bani Gala residence (according to the law) would arrest him on the expiry of his protective bail granted by the court.

The minister said they welcome Imran Niazi to Islamabad and the security being provided to him was as per the law.

Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah

“How one can become a head of political party in a democratic society who instigates people and have complete disregard of moral and democratic values, terming his opponents ‘traitors’?” he questioned.

Rana Sanaullah on Sunday ‘welcomed’ him, saying the police personnel protecting the former prime minister would arrest him “with great enthusiasm” once his pre-arrest bail expires.

Former interior minister Sheikh Rasheed told Dawn.com that the former prime minister was planning to chair the core committee meeting at Bani Gala. Another aide, Shahbaz Gill told reporters outside Bani Gala that Imran was on his way and that the meeting would be held shortly.

Former information minister Fawad Chaudhry, said in a tweet that members of the core committee had begun arriving at Bani Gala.

The PTI chief had remained in Peshawar instead of his Bani Gala residence ever since he began his party’s ‘Haqeeqi Azadi March’ on May 25, in which police clashed with party workers amid reports of sporadic violence. Imran returned to Peshawar since the march abruptly ended the following day.

The day the marchers disbanded, Imran and other top PTI leaders were booked in a number of cases at multiple police stations across Islamabad over allegations of arson and vandalism. He received pre-arrest bail until June 25 from the Peshawar High Court, which instructed him to appear before the Islamabad sessions court before the expiry of his pre-arrest bail.

Late Saturday night, the Islamabad Police said that in the view of Imran’s “expected arrival”, security around Bani Gala has been strengthened and placed on high alert. But they said nothing official had been announced with regard to Imran’s return.

“However, until now Islamabad Police has not received any confirmed news of return from Imran Khan’s team,” the Islamabad police tweeted.

“Security Division has deployed dedicated security in Bani Gala. List of people in Bani Gala not provided yet to Police. Section 144 is imposed in Islamabad and any congregation is not allowed as per orders of District Magistrate,” it further stated.

The police added that Imran would be provided complete security as per the law and “reciprocal cooperation is expected from security teams of Imran Khan as well”.

opponents traitors and Yazidis… how can he be the head of a political party in a democratic society?” the minister went on, adding that this was the “moment of reflection” for the nation.

Later, PTI leader Shahbaz Gill told journalists outside Bani Gala that the party had arranged its own security for Imran given the statements passed by Rana Sanaullah.

“The entire nation is standing with Imran Khan. They will protect Imran Khan and Imran Khan will protect them,” he said. Referring to talk of the PTI chief’s arrest, Gill added that the party would reply in due time. “The entire nation will respond then.”