- PTI supporters gathered outside Imran Khan’s arrest overnight.
- PTI announced govt would try to arrest Imran tonight.
- Conspiracy afoot to divide Pakistan as traitors are upto it, says Fawad.
PTI Senior Vice-President Fawad Chaudhry was apprehended from his residence, shortly after he publicly censured the government for scheming to arrest party chairman, Imran Khan, said party leader Farrukh Habib Wednesday morning.
The development comes as a surprise for many. The government sources have not confirmed the arrest so far.
Fawad’s arrest comes amid the nightlong turnout of PTI workers who rushed to party chairman Imran Khan’s residence to ensure his security.
“The imported government has gone berserk,” Habib said in a tweet. The PTI leader also posted videos on social media of police whisking away Fawad.
Several party leaders condemned the detention of Fawad Chaudhry. PTI Sindh President Ali Haider Zaidi slammed the government over the arrest.
“Pakistan has become a lawless state at the hands of these lawbreaking lawmakers and corrupt law enforcement officers,” he tweeted.
As rumors of an impending arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, Imran Khan, circulated in the early hours of Wednesday, party leaders and workers, in large numbers, descended upon his residence in Lahore’s Zaman Park.
Meanwhile, the PTI announced on its official Twitter handle: “There are reports that the puppet government will try to arrest Imran Khan tonight.”
Raising slogans in support of Imran Khan, his fervent supporters voiced their anger and pledged their unwavering loyalty to their leader, even if it meant putting their own lives on the line.
Speaking with the press earlier in the night, Fawad Chaudhry, vehemently denounced the government’s actions, calling it a nefarious plot to destabilize the country. He went on to call those involved in the supposed conspiracy as traitors.
“If the police have courage and audacity, they should come and arrest Imran Khan,” Chaudhry said.
Another party leader, Hammad Azhar, claimed that the government was actively working to create an environment for Khan’s arrest. Accordingly, the party has taken measures to ensure their leader’s safety, he said.
In a bold warning, Azhar declared that no one holds the power to arrest Imran Khan.
Meanwhile, ‘Zaman Park’ trended atop social media, with users condemning the government’s potential manoeuvre to arrest the PTI chief.
Party leader Asad Umar also called on workers to reach Zaman Park, saying he had already arrived at Imran’s residence.