ISLAMABAD: The federal government today approved the deployment of the troops in Islamabad, KP, Punjab and Balochistan provinces.
The federal government acted on the written requests of the caretaker governments of the three provinces and the Interior Ministry in Islamabad which sought the deployment of troops to maintain law and order in the province.
The federal government has asked the GHQ to assist the provincial governments in maintaining law and order in the provinces.
Earlier, the Home Department of the Punjab government was the first one to formally request the federal government for immediate deployment of military personnel in the province to assist police and rangers to maintain peace as riots are being reported in different areas after the arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan.
The Punjab Home Department, nevertheless, did not mention the number of troops to be deployed in the province and left this matter to the military command.
Notably, several incidents of clashes, riots, and damage to public and private property have been reported in the country soon after the arrest of Imran Khan.
On Tuesday, the Rangers personnel arrested Imran Khan from the courtyard of the Islamabad High Court and shifted him to the NAB Rawalpindi office.
Later, the NAB made public the arrest warrants it issued for Imran Khan on May 1, 2023, in the Al-Qadir Trust case.
Imran Khan shifted to Police Lines in Islamabad
Former prime minister and chairman of the PTI, Imran Khan is being kept at the Police Lines in Islamabad.
Hearing of the Al-Qadir Trust case is also taking place inside the Police Lines. Islamabad’s administration has declared Police Lines as a sub-jail and Imran Khan will be kept there as long as the hearing of the case goes on.
Judge of the accountability court Bashir Memon is also hearing the plea of the NAB which is seeking 14-day physical remand of Imran Khan in the Al-Qadir Trust case.
Earlier, a medical team of the state-run largest hospital in Islamabad _ Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) conducted a medical examination and declared Khan physically fit.
PTI to challenge arrest of Khan in the Supreme Court
Meanwhile, Senior leaders of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf decided to challenge the legality of the arrest of Imran Khan in the Supreme Court.
PTI chairman Imran Khan has been arrested in the Al-Qadir Trust case _ one of the mega corruption cases involving Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi aka Pinki.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi, senior vice-president of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf today said his party is challenging in the Supreme Court the decision of the Islamabad High Court wherein the court termed the arrest of Khan by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) legal.
The PTI vice chairman summoned an emergency meeting of the seven-member committee after the arrest of party chairman Imran Khan. The committee reviewed the situation and devised a strategy to secure the early release of Imran Khan.
Senators Saifullah Khan Nyazee, Azam Swati, Ijaz Chaudhry, Murad Saeed, Ali Amin Khan Gandapur, and Hassan Niazi are seven-member of the committee of the PTI.
Qureshi said Khan’s arrest was unjustified and unacceptable and the party will challenge it in the apex court today.