Police raid Khan’s house as former Pakistan PM heads to court
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Police have sealed parts of Islamabad and deployed thousands of officers for court hearings on corruption charges.
Pakistani police raided former prime minister Imran Khan’s property in Lahore, an official with his political party said.
Saturday’s move followed days of confrontations and violent clashes between police and his supporters around the compound where police attempted to arrest Khan on Tuesday.
Khan said in a tweet that his wife was at the property. He was appearing in court after expressing fears of his arrest.
In Islamabad, police have placed thousands of officers at court hearings on corruption charges after escaping arrest for a week amid violent clashes, after police sealed off parts of the capital.
Residents near the city’s judicial complex were asked to stay indoors, political activities and gatherings were banned, and vehicles were checked before entering the capital.
Islamabad Police Chief Akbar Nasir said ahead of the hearing that “there are tight security measures in place to ensure that his life is not in danger.”
Mr Khan, meanwhile, said he had organized a committee to lead the party should he be arrested.
In an interview held at his home in Lahore before heading to Islamabad, the 70-year-old man said, “Obviously they’ve created a committee to make a decision once I’m in prison.” It said it had 94 lawsuits against it.