Police in Pakistan storm the home of former PM Imran Khan and arrest 30

Khan, 70, now in the opposition, was ousted in a no-confidence vote in Parliament last April.

He is accused of selling state gifts while in office and concealing assets. It is one in a string of cases that the former cricket star turned Islamist politician has been facing since his ousting.

The former PM has been holed up at his home in Lahore since Tuesday, after failing to appear at an earlier hearing in the case against him.

His supporters hurled stones and clashed with baton-wielding police for two days to protect him from arrest.

Senior police officer Suhail Sukhera said police moved to remove encroachments and blockades erected by Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party and his defiant supporters.

He said baton-wielding Khan supporters attempted to resist police by throwing stones and petrol bombs, but the officers moved on until a man on the roof of Khan’s residence opened fire. No-one was hurt.

News outlet NDTV reported that the police ‘bulldozed the main gate’ and asked Mr Khan’s party workers to disperse.

Inside the sprawling residence, illegal structures were erected to shelter those who have been involved in attacks on police that have injured dozens of officers.

Police also found masks, petrol-filled bottles, iron rods and batons which had been used in attacks on officers during the week.

Witnesses said police attempted to disperse Khan supporters by firing tear gas and chased them to several homes in the Zaman Park neighbourhood.

Khan was expected to appear in an Islamabad court on Saturday after a top court on Friday suspended his arrest warrant, giving him a reprieve to travel to Islamabad and face the charges levelled against him without being detained.

Source of data and images: metro

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