Pakistan: Police 'recover' AK-47 assault rifles, bullets from Imran Khan's residence
Islamabad (Pakistan), March 18: Pakistan Police have recovered assault rifles and a cache of bullets from former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's Zaman Park residence. As the police left they also detained over 60 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers accused of resorting to violence to hinder the law, Geo News reported.
The police action came just hours after Imran Khan left for the Toshakhana case hearing in Islamabad on Saturday.
According to Geo News, Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Anwar stated at a press conference that police had completed the search and cleanup operation in Zaman Park and seized AK-47 assault rifles and a large number of bullets from Imran Khan's residence in Lahore.
Glass bottles suspected of being used in Molotov cocktails, as well as hundreds of marbles for shooting at police with slingshots, were also taken from the PTI chairman's home. According to Usman Anwar, five more Kalashnikovs were found on Khan's property. In response to a question, he stated that the legal status of the weapons, whether licenced or not, was being reviewed.
Roads near Zaman Park which were blocked with shipping containers prior to the search operations have "now been cleared," Usmaan Anwar said.
According to the IGP of Punjab, the police conducted the search using water cannons, contingents of fully equipped riot police, lady police, and prisoner vans. He also stated that anti-encroachment personnel and heavy earthmoving machinery accompanied the police.
"The police broke the main gate with an excavator and entered Imran Khan's house," the police official said. Moreover, over 60 PTI workers were arrested from Imran Khan's residence and taken to an undisclosed location for further investigation.
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