Islamabad: Large contingents of law enforcement agencies, police commandos, rangers and gendarmes have been deployed around the Banigala, the residence of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, and all roads and lanes leading to it were sealed to avoid any unfortunate incidents.
However, it has not yet been decided whether Khan will be arrested or placed under house arrest, sources involved in sketching out the operation’s strategy told The News.
“Negotiations with Imran Khan are ongoing as the head of the PTI wants to avoid arrest or house arrest,” the sources said, adding that the authorities have several plans to handle the situation with the help of the forces. order, but were waiting for a green agreement. signal from the neighborhoods concerned.
“Imran Khan is seeking an opportunity to approach the senior judiciary for redress, but he will have to go to the police first,” the sources added.
The former prime minister is in contact with the party leadership by mobile phone and is issuing instructions in the event of an arrest, sources added.
PTI activists are gathering around Banigala, but no untoward incidents were reported until the report was filed, The News reported.
According to sources, the Interior Ministry had requested written permission from the Prime Minister’s Office for the arrest of the PTI leader.
Sources said the arrest would be made with the consensus of all parties in the ruling alliance.
Meanwhile, PPP leader and former president Asif Ali Zardari opposed Khan’s arrest. He believes the arrest would cause political damage to the ruling alliance.
On Sunday, the government had considered legal options for action against Khan in the sedition case already filed against party leader Shahbaz Gill.
According to official sources, at least two meetings took place at the Interior Ministry where legal options were considered for action against the former prime minister.
“The Ministry of Interior has sought advice from the Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) and the Ministry of Justice on two options: whether Khan’s name can be added to the FIR registered against Shahbaz Gill or whether a new case should be registered against him,” The News quoted the sources as saying. saying.
They said the rally held in support of Shahbaz Gill in Islamabad also violated Article 144 and an FIR could also be registered on it.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Sunday that Khan had threatened institutions in his speech on Saturday, regretting that the former prime minister had threatened a female judge by name.