An Anti-terrorism Court of Lahore directed the superintendent of the Camp Jail to hand over 16 suspects, arrested for alleged vandalism at the Corps Commander’s House – also known as Jinnah House – during the May 9 protests, to a military commanding officer, on Thursday.
The application, which contained the names of the 16 suspects, stated: “According to initial investigation, the following accused persons are prime facie found involved with the commission of offences under the provisions of Official Secrets Act, 1923 read with Section 2(1)(d) and 59(4) of the Pakistan Army Act 1952.”
It added that, “by committing the offences under the said laws, [the suspects] have become subject to the Pakistan Army Act, 1952 and are exclusively liable to be inquired, investigated and triable by the military authorities in court martial”.
Riots broke out in multiple cities as PTI workers engaged in scuffles with law enforcers after Imran Khan’s arrest from the Islamabad High Court premises on Tuesday.
The party called for protests shortly after the arrest, with people taking to the streets and blocking the thoroughfares.
Khan was arrested by Rangers in the Al-Qadir Trust case, by a heavy force of the paramilitary personnel from the premises of the courtroom where he had appeared to secure pre-arrest bail in multiple FIRs registered against him.
A mob attempted to barge into GHQ, while some were seen kicking and slamming the gate. Also, Corps Commander Lahore’s residence was attacked and the premises was put on fire by violent protesters.
Another group, apparently of protesters, was seen gathering outside the Frontier Corps headquarters in Peshawar, in an apparent gesture of an attack.
In another instance, caught on camera, military vehicles were seen being pelted with stones by another mob at the scene.
Khan was arrested by Rangers in the Al-Qadir Trust case, by a heavy force of the paramilitary personnel from the premises of the courtroom where he had appeared to secure pre-arrest bail in multiple FIRs registered against him, followed by May 9 violent protests.
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