Pakistani police entered the home of former Prime Minister Imran Khan in Lahore on Saturday as he was on his way to Islamabad for a trial in a corruption case, officials from his party said.
Bushra Begum, Mr Khan’s wife, was at home when police removed the barricades and broke into his home, they said.
“Meanwhile, the Punjab Police has led an attack on my home in Zaman Park, where Bushra Begum is alone. Under what law are they doing this? This is part of the London Plan in which pledges were made to bring the hiding person Nawaz Sharif to power in return for agreeing to one appointment,” Mr Khan tweeted.
Meanwhile, Punjab Police has led an attack on my home in Zaman Park where Bushra Begum is alone. Under what law are they doing this? This is part of the London Plan, in which commitments were made to bring the hiding person Nawaz Sharif to power in return for agreeing to one appointment.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 18, 2023
His party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, shared a video on its official Twitter account showing Mr Khan’s supporters being attacked by the police officers at his home.
The worst form of torture in Zaman Park right now. If something happens, will you paint it as an accident again!? #چلو_چلو_عمران_کے_ساتھpic.twitter.com/5S45UDVvMZ
— PTI (@PTIofficial) March 18, 2023
The move follows days of standoff and intense clashes between his supporters and police as efforts were made to arrest him for skipping several previous hearings.
Earlier this week, security forces fired tear gas and water cannons at hundreds of Khan’s supporters who cordoned off his house in an attempt to prevent his arrest.
The Islamabad High Court yesterday suspended arrest warrants against Mr Khan until today, giving him a chance to appear in the district court to defend himself against allegations that he unlawfully sold state gifts given to him by foreign dignitaries when he was prime minister from 2018 until 2022.
During the hearing, Imran’s lawyer submitted a pledge to the high court, assuring that the PTI chief would appear in court on March 18.
Imran Khan, who was shot and wounded during his campaign in November 2022, had said in an interview that the threat to his life is greater than before.
Mr Khan was ousted last year by a vote of no confidence and has been slammed in dozens of court cases as he campaigns for early elections and a return to office.
As the political drama unfolds, the country faces a sharp economic downturn and threatens default if help cannot be obtained from the International Monetary Fund.