Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and a former prime minister of Pakistan, is likely to be detained in connection with a case involving foreign money, according to sources cited by ARY on Friday.
The news came shortly after the same-day arrests of fellow PTI officials Tariq Shafi, Hamid Zaman, and Saif Niazi.
According to the media, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah directed the appropriate authorities to file a complaint against Imran Khan.
The federal government has developed a plan under which the police have been authorized to place Imran Khan under house arrest at his Banigala property following the announcement of the much-anticipated long march, according to an earlier story in the Dawn daily, which cited sources.
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Saifullah Niazi, the PTI leader, was notably detained on Friday by the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Cybercrime division on suspicion of operating an “unauthorized” website used for illegitimate fundraising, according to ARY news.
“It is apparent that the government is panicked and is afraid following the announcement of the ‘Azadi March’ after Shehbaz Sharif’s press conference yesterday and the subsequent arrests of Tariq Shafi, Hamid Zaman, and Saif Niazi,” PTI leader Chaudhry Fawad Hussain tweeted.
Rana Sanaullah, speaking at a news conference in Islamabad on Friday, explained the circumstances behind the imprisonment and said that the PTI officials were not appearing before the FIA in the issue involving the party’s illegal fundraising.
Imran Khan instructed party members to prepare for the “Haqeeqi Azadi March” in Islamabad.
Following the statement, the federal government, headed by Shehbaz Sharif, decided to mobilize the army and place soldiers in the nation’s capital should PTI chairman Imran Khan issue a call for the march.
The former prime minister said that holding new general elections in Pakistan is the best option to help the nation escape the current predicament.
Last month, when speaking to a large crowd in Punjab’s Rahimyar Khan area, Khan claimed he would announce the end of anti-government demonstrations when the time was right and that it would occur when he felt confident enough to “take three wickets in one ball.”