Punjab Police conducted a search operation at the Zaman Park residence of former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan in an attempt to arrest alleged terrorists. However, the operation turned out to be unfruitful, with Khan’s chief security officer, Iftikhar Ghuman, claiming that the police only found “water and biscuits” during the search.
The police had obtained warrants to conduct a detailed search at Khan’s residence, and the raid took place after the Punjab government accused Khan and his Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party members of harboring “30 to 40 terrorists” in the property. However, the search operation concluded with no significant findings.
Ghuman expressed his views on the search operation to reporters, stating that the police seemed to have realized that there was nothing of importance at the residence. He emphasized that they had opened the doors of the house for the police, inviting them to see for themselves. Ghuman further questioned the police, asking them to disclose what they had actually found.
Prior to the search operation, Khan had been given a 24-hour ultimatum by the Punjab government to hand over the accused individuals. However, no action was taken by Khan even after the deadline expired.
The search operation was conducted by a team comprising officials such as Lahore Commissioner Muhammad Ali Randhawa, DIG Operations Sadiq Dogar, Lahore Deputy Commissioner Rafia Haider, and SSP Operations Sohaib, among others. The Lahore administration also brought in heavy machinery to remove encroachments outside Khan’s residence.
Imran Khan is currently facing multiple cases, ranging from corruption to terrorism charges. Although the Toshakhana corruption case hearing was adjourned until next month, Khan received temporary relief as his interim pre-arrest bail was extended until June 2 by Lahore’s anti-terrorism court in three terrorism-related cases.
In response to the search operation and the crackdown on his party, Khan addressed the media and expressed his stance against the ongoing actions. He denounced the “unprecedented crackdown and the current reign of terror” against his party and its supporters, emphasizing that they would not be intimidated.