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Defiant PTI calls on supporters to reach Zaman Park as police resume push to arrest Imran

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The stalemate between PTI supporters and law enforcement personnel continued for the second consecutive day on Wednesday near former prime minister Imran Khan’s Zaman Park residence in Lahore.
According to Republic policy News, the police and security personnel made a fresh attempt to arrest the former premier in connection with the Toshkhana case early morning today.
Footage run on television also showed PTI workers outside Zaman Park setting motorcycles and other vehicles on fire.
For more than 15 hours, PTI workers engaged the Islamabad police — aided by their Punjab counterparts and later Rangers personnel — in pitched battles that continued late into the night with no signs of relenting. So far, the police have suffered around 30 casualties during the clash, while at least 15 PTI men have been detained.

In the latest video posted by the PTI on its official Twitter handle, the party claimed that the police had started tear gas shelling at Imran’s residence once again.

Separately, in a series of tweets, Imran said that after a day of facing tear gas, cannons with chemical water, rubber bullets and live bullets, “we now have Rangers taking over and are now in direct confrontation with the people”.
“My question to the establishment, to those who claim they are ‘neutral’: Is this your idea of neutrality, Rangers directly confronting unarmed protestors & leadership of the largest political party when their leader is facing an illegal warrant & case already in court & when govt of crooks trying to abduct & possibly murder him?” he asked.

In another tweet, the PTI chief claimed that the real intent of the authorities behind the entire episode was to “abduct and assassinate” him.
“Clearly arrest claim was mere drama because the real intent is to abduct & assassinate. From tear gas & water cannons, they have now resorted to live firing.
“I signed a surety bond last evening, but the DIG refused to even entertain it. There is no doubt of their mala fide intent,” he said.

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