PTI workers clash with police at Zaman Park to block Imran Khan’s arrest

The former PM faces a case related to sale of state gifts

Web Desk 01:29 PM | 14 Mar, 2023
PTI workers clash with police at Zaman Park to block Imran Khan’s arrest

ISLAMABAD – Another tense day in Pakistani politics as Islamabad police operations chief, leading a number of cops and anti-riots squad, has reached at the residence of former prime minister Imran Khan to arrest him in Toshakhana case.

While the police have almost sealed all areas leading to Zaman Park, where the PTI chairman lives, party workers in big groups carrying batons are there to block their leader's arrest. 

Reports said clashes erupted between protesters and police outside the Imran Khan's residence when the former started pelting stones and beating the cops.

Later, police resorted to shelling and they managed to push back the PTI workers to take control of the main gate of the Imran Khan's residence.

PTI Senior Vice President Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in a media talk, has asked the DIG operations of Islamabad police to negotiate over the warrants claiming that Khan is on protective bail. He also appealed to the top law-enforcement officers not to take brutal measures as they "don't want any kind of violence."

Imran Khan shares video message

The PTI chief has shared a video message on Twitter as police have taken control of his residence. He urged the people to continue their struggle for real freedom whether “I was killed or put in jail”. He asked the masses to not accept the decision being made by “one person”.

The defiant politician said he would also continue his struggle for the rights of people. 

The federal cops have a backup of hundreds of Punjab Police personnel in the area close to The Mall, the heart of Punjab capital.

In a statement, Islamabad police said five officials, including DIG operations, were injured in the clashes, adding that now the operation is being led by SP Rana Hussain Tahir.

A day earlier, a district and sessions court in the federal capital restored the arrest warrants against the PTI chairman in the Toshakhana case after he failed to appear before it despite an orders from the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal announced the verdict and ordered the authorities to produce the suspect before court on March 18.

The court had summoned the PTI chief on Monday for indictment in the case initiated on the complaint filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan. Khan has skipped the indictment for four times. 

Last week, the IHC suspended the non-bailable arrest warrants issued against the former PM by the sessions court till March 13. IHC chief justice Aamer Farooq accepted Khan's plea against judge's decision and directed him to ensure that he appears on March 13 before the trial court.

Last Sunday, the capital police also reached Mr Khan’s residence in Zaman Park to arrest him but they could not took him into custody. 

Last year, a reference was filed against him by PDM lawmakers accusing him of not sharing the details of gifts he retained from Toshakhana, a state depository, in his assets declarations. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in October last year founded the PTI chief guilty and disqualified him for being dishonest. 

Later, it approached the district and sessions court seeking criminal proceedings against Imran Khan for allegedly misleading officials about the gifts.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on June 2, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on June 2, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 297 300
Euro EUR 316 320
UK Pound Sterling GBP 371 374
U.A.E Dirham AED 80 81
Saudi Riyal SAR 79 79
Australian Dollar AUD 198 200
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.25 766.25
Canadian Dollar CAD 226 228
China Yuan CNY 40.26 40.66
Danish Krone DKK 41.04 41.44
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.39 36.74
Indian Rupee INR 3.45 3.56
Japanese Yen JPY 2.25 2.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 927.17 936.17
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.94 62.54
New Zealand Dollar NZD 172.79 174.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 740.96 748.96
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.37 79.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 220 222
Swedish Korona SEK 26.36 26.66
Swiss Franc CHF 315.04 317.54
Thai Bhat THB 8.21 8.36

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – June 2, 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 230,000 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,190.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs180,756 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 210,832.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 229,000 PKR 2125


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