May 9 violence: Islamabad police interrogates Imran Khan

Security personnel use bulletproof shields to protect the former prime minister as he arrives at the High Court in Islamabad, March 27, 2023.  - AFP
  • Khan says he has “no hatred for Pakistan, national institutions”.
  • During the interrogation, the JIT asked Khan more than two dozen questions.
  • Khan appeared before the JIT after being warned of legal action against him.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Sunday appeared before two Joint Investigation Teams (JITs) probing 12 cases registered at different police stations under the Anti-Terrorism Act and was questioned by over two dozen people. More questions were bombarded. ATA) and other laws, news informed of.

The JIT, headed by SSP Yasir Afridi and SP Rukhsar Mehdi, asked Khan over 25 questions for questioning.

While recording his statement, the former prime minister affirmed that he had “no hatred towards Pakistan and national institutions”.

“I heartily respect the memorials of the Pakistani army, martyrs, ghazis and martyrs,” he said.

Sources told this reporter that Khan openly condemned the May 9 incident, but said: “PTI workers or I have nothing to do with the May 9 incident.”

He claimed that it was a conspiracy against him and his party.

“I will never accept responsibility for this incident as the conspiracy is hatched by the government and law enforcement agencies to put me and the party in the net,” he said.

Responding to a question, the PTI chief said he witnessed outrage from government circles when an attempt was made to assassinate him on May 25 last year.

Responding to the JIT’s questions, he repeatedly said, “I do not agree with the claim that PTI workers were involved in the May 9 incident as I have evidence of conspiracy related to the incident.”

Imran concluded, “They are trying to remove me from politics but they cannot succeed in their intention.”

Imran appears before two JITs constituted under the supervision of DIG (Operations) to investigate 12 cases registered against him and record his statement in connection with criminal cases registered under Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), ATA and Maintenance of Public Order Happened. (MPO).

The former prime minister recorded his statements in seven cases (four cases registered under ATA offense with CTD police and three registered in different police stations).

However, he refused to answer questions in the remaining five cases, saying he was not ready to record his statements in them.

Investigators said the suspects earlier avoided appearing before the JIT for investigation. Sources said the former prime minister was served 12 notices, including seven issued by the CTD and six by the JIT, but he never responded to the notices.

However, he was served two final notices with a warning that legal action would be taken if he failed to appear at G/11-4, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Complex at 2:00 pm on 9 July.

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