Punjab govt reiterates to maintain writ of state at all costs
March 17, 2023 08:03 AM
Punjab Inspector General Police (IGP) Dr Usman Anwar has vowed that the writ of state will be maintained at all costs, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Addressing a press conference accompanied by Punjab interim information minister Amir Mir, Punjab IG revealed that more than 60 police officers were injured due to PTI workers.
The huge injuries of the lawmen expressed that his force showed "restraint to avoid loss of life" during the Zaman Park fiasco, the provincial head cop claimed, adding that firing on the people is not a difficult task.
Dr Usman claimed that PTI's workers were trying to turn Zaman Park into a "no-go area."
He reiterated the law will take its course over the issue of Imran Khan's arrest.
"We will plea in the High Court tomorrow that they allow us to execute the warrant," he said.
He said all police officials were without weapons when they conducted a raid to arrest Imran Khan. The PTI activists pelted stones from the slingshot and charged batons. “There are pictures and videos of this evidence.”
He said a large number of people were arrested by the police as a result of a crackdown against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s leaders, workers, and supporters to quell the law and order situation that resulted from the police raid on Zaman Park to arrest party head.
The police chief also revealed that people involved in the killing of PTI's political worker Ali Bilal, aka Zille Shah, had also confessed before the court, adding that further details in this regard will be shared later in the day.
Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Interim Information Minister Amir Mir said the order to arrest Imran Khan "will be implemented in a few hours" once the LHC gives them a go-ahead in this regard tomorrow.
He claimed that militants from KP were also hiding at Imran Khan's residence and took part in attacks on the police force.
Meanwhile, the Punjab police chief once again reiterated that his force showed restraint as they were not "interested in launching an operation" and were only trying to implement court orders.