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Interior Minister Accuses Imran Khan of Orchestrating Arson and Violence During Protests


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Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan has made serious allegations against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, claiming that he trained “terrorists” who participated in the recent wave of arson and vandalism following his arrest on May 9. During a press conference on Saturday, the minister stated that Imran Khan instructed his followers to resort to violence and spread chaos and anarchy throughout the country.

According to Rana Sanaullah, Imran Khan had informed his followers in advance on how to react to his arrest. The minister emphasized that the actions witnessed were not a spontaneous national reaction but rather a calculated response from a group of individuals who had received training and instructions from Imran Khan himself.

Providing details about the scale of the protests, the minister revealed that only around 40,000 to 45,000 people participated in the demonstrations across the country during the three-day period following Imran Khan’s arrest. The largest protests took place in Islamabad, Punjab, and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, with varying levels of participation.

Rana Sanaullah condemned the violent protesters who engaged in looting shops and residences. He assured that those responsible, whom he referred to as “the gangs produced by PTI chief Imran Khan,” would be identified through CCTV cameras and held accountable for their actions.

The interior minister reiterated the stance of the ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), expressing dissatisfaction with the relief granted to Imran Khan by the courts. He highlighted that such leniency had never been extended to any other individual in Pakistan’s judicial and constitutional history, suggesting that it undermines the authority of high and district courts.

Rana Sanaullah accused Imran Khan of having a malicious agenda aimed at creating unrest and chaos in the country. He stressed that the PTI chief should be removed from politics through the electoral process to prevent further endangerment of the nation.

The minister lamented the fact that attacking political opponents’ homes and setting defense installations on fire had become a part of the political culture instigated by Imran Khan. He argued that such actions were unprecedented in the past, even during periods of political differences.

Rana Sanaullah further highlighted allegations of corruption against Imran Khan, citing documented evidence of Rs60 billion in corruption committed by the PTI leader and his wife. He stated that Imran Khan should be held accountable for these charges and urged him to answer the corruption allegations in an open and transparent manner.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah’s allegations against Imran Khan regarding his involvement in directing arson and violence during recent protests have heightened tensions within the political landscape. The accusations made during the press conference shed light on the government’s perspective and its determination to hold those responsible accountable. As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how these allegations will impact the ongoing political dynamics in the country.

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