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Imran, others charged with terrorism after clashes at PTI rally

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and other party leaders, were booked in a case on Thursday following yesterday’s clashes at the former ruling party’s rally, which claimed the life of one PTI worker. PTI leaders, including Fawad Chaudhry, Farukh Habib, Hassan Niazi and others, were accused of “threatening national security agencies” and “destroying the government and its institutions brick by brick”.
Police forms committee: The Punjab IG issued orders to form a two-member committee consisting of DIG Elite Police Force Sadiq Ali and SSP IAB Lahore Imran Kishwar to investigate Wednesday’s police clashes with PTI workers outside Zaman Park.
The order was issued to “ascertain facts, ensure transparency and find out the reason for loss of life and property” during the incident. The Punjab IG ordered a fact-finding inquiry to determine the circumstances and situation that led to a gathering of political workers, including the legal status of the gathering.
Further, the committee will investigate what circumstances led to the clashes between the police and PTI workers, including the timings of the start and end of the clashes.
The IG asked for the total number of protesters and police officers injured and details of the death of PTI worker Bilal Ali.
The inquiry team will gather statements from witnesses, CCTV footage, and video clips of the incident. A report will be submitted to the Punjab IG within three days. A day earlier, the Lahore police had used force to break up a PTI rally, killing one supporter while dozens of others were injured.
The PTI said that the deceased, identified as Ali Bilal alias Zil-e-Shah, died of police torture. The police said two deputy superintendents of police (DSPs), one station house officer (SHO) and eight constables were injured while maintaining law and order.

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