Islamabad: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, Imran Khan, for allegedly attacking the PTV building and Parliament in September.
Reportedly, the court also issued arrest warrants for Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief, Dr. Tahirul Qadri, Awami Muslim League (AML) chief, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, PTI Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and few others.
Cases against them have been registered at the Secretariat police station.
However, Imran Khan, dared the government to arrest him. He said that government can arrest him whenever they want and he won’t seek bail.
He reportedly said, “I have just heard the good news about my arrest warrant. I want to make it clear that I was sleeping in the container that day.”
He said that no PTI workers were involved in the attack. “I myself had asked my supporters to stay away from the PTV premises,” a leading daily quoted Khan.
The cricketer turn politician claimed that an investigation would prove that it was “a fixed match” and insiders were involved in carrying out the attack on the PTV building.
The PTI chief reportedly said the government issued the warrants because “Mian Sahib” (Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif) was feeling threatened by the PTI’s plans to hold a public gathering in Islamabad on 30 November.
He also said if he were to be arrested, the public gathering, which would take place in his absence, would be the largest in Pakistan’s history.
“It will be very easy for me to stay in jail, because I have already been residing in a container for over three months, but I tell you, Nawaz Sharif, that you will have to pay a heavy price for my arrest,” Khan reportedly said to a daily.
(With Agency Inputs)