Imran Khan defends protests in cantonment areas, denies vandalism

Lahore Corps Commander House (or Jinnah House), which was set on fire by supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan during a protest against his arrest, in Lahore on May 9, 2023.  - Reuters
Lahore Corps Commander House (or Jinnah House), which was set on fire by supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan during a protest against his arrest, in Lahore on May 9, 2023. – Reuters
  • The PTI chairman reiterated his non-involvement in the events of 9 May.
  • Rejecting the allegations, Khan said the protesters were acting of their own free will.
  • “Whatever happened that day was a conspiracy,” says the former PM.

Lahore: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday appeared before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the May 9 violent incidents and defended the protests by his supporters inside the cantonment areas.

Sources said the former prime minister was questioned for an hour by a six-member panel comprising a DIG, SSP and four SPs at the DIG Investigation Headquarters for his alleged role in the attacks on the Corps Commander’s House (Jinnah House) and other military establishments. in city.

The JIT members reportedly told Khan, “We will only ask you professional questions.”

Asked whether the events of May 9 were planned or just a coincidence, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief said it was a conspiracy against him and his party.

“I have nothing to do with it, it was planned elsewhere,” he said.

He was also asked why PTI supporters protested inside the cantonment areas, to which he said, “People were forced to go there because I was arrested by a commander.”

“There is evidence that you instigated and ordered them,” the JIT asked.

According to sources, the PTI chairman rejected the allegation and said that the protesters were acting of their own free will and had gone to those places voluntarily.

According to sources familiar with the matter, the PTI chief said, “Whatever happened that day was a conspiracy.”

The JIT also showed various videos and photographs related to the May 9 violence to the PTI chief.

Sources said that Imran Khan denied knowing any of the protesters in those scenes and said, “they are not my people”.

Sources said on Saturday that Khan also warned the JIT members of the consequences of any action taken against their party.

“I will return and you will have to answer for all your actions,” he told the JIT members in a threatening tone.

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