Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan appeared in court docket on Saturday as police have been coming into his house and after he expressed worry of arrest in a standoff with the federal government that has led to intense clashes together with his supporters.
Going through a spate of authorized challenges, together with one which prompted a failed try to arrest him on Tuesday, Khan was addressing fees within the court docket within the capital Islamabad of unlawfully promoting state items given to him by overseas dignitaries whereas in workplace.
Hours earlier at his house in Lahore, the previous cricket legend advised Reuters he has fashioned a committee to steer his social gathering if he’s arrested.
He has led nationwide protests after his ouster from energy final yr and has had a spate of circumstances registered in opposition to him. The police unsuccessfully tried to arrest him on Tuesday.
Police entered his property after Khan entered the Islamabad court docket. Earlier this week, police and Khan’s supporters clashed outdoors his house earlier throughout the arrest try.
Khan, who was shot and wounded whereas campaigning in November, mentioned in an interview the risk to his life is bigger than earlier than and asserted — with out offering proof — that his political opponents and the army wish to block him from standing in elections later this yr.
The army and authorities didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Safety was tight across the judicial advanced the place Khan, 70, arrived in a motorcade surrounded by supporters.
The court docket has beforehand issued arrest warrants for Khan within the case as he had failed to seem on earlier hearings regardless of summons.