ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Police on Friday submitted a report in the Supreme Court stating that Imran Khan caused disorder in the federal capital during PTI’s “Azadi March” on May 25.
The police report, regarding the violence during PTI’s Azadi March on May 25, further stated that the party chairman Imran Khan had directed the protesters to enter the Red Zone after the culmination of the march against the apex court’s orders to hold a rally on H-9 ground.
The Supreme Court on a plea of Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) challenging the government’s decision to block the roads to stop the Azadi March, had directed the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and other relevant authorities to submit a report explaining whether the judicial orders were violated in the May 25 riots in Islamabad.
The police in its report stated that 700-800 protesters violated the apex court’s orders by entering the Red Zone. The police claimed that a total of 21 citizens were injured while the PTI protesters, equipped with arms and sticks, tried to enter the restricted area. During this, the police used tear gas shelling to disperse the protesters.
The report stated that, “The PTI Chairman Imran Khan told his workers to reach the D-Chowk in a video message. The police and law enforcers made every effort to stop the protesters but they advanced removing all containers and barriers on the night between May 25 and 26″.
The report further stated that the police did not use any type of force when the protesters breached the security cordon. It is stated that the police themselves removed some of the barricades, mainly at Faizabad, Zero Point and 26 number Choongi, to let the participants of the march move towards the H-9 ground.
“None of the participants, including Imran Khan, reached the H-9 ground despite the judicial orders, while Fawad Chaudhry, Zartaj Gul, Saifullah Niazi and Imran Ismail kept provoking people,” the police report maintained. The Inspector-General Police, Islamabad Akbar Nasir Khan has also attached video evidence and tweets of the PTI leaders with the report.