Pakistani police have launched an investigation into former Prime Minister Imran Khan after he threatened police and the judiciary during a speech at a political rally over the weekend, media reported.
Addressing a PTI rally in Islamabad on Saturday, the former prime minister warned the judiciary against its “biased” attitude towards his party, saying he should brace himself for the consequences, threatening to file charges against the police, bureaucracy, Election Commission of Pakistan and political opposition over the alleged treatment of the chief of staff. News reported.
When police opened an investigation, investigators said Khan may have violated the country’s anti-terrorism act by allegedly threatening state officials, the BBC reported.
On Sunday night, hundreds of Khan’s supporters gathered outside his home in Islamabad after news of the investigation and vowed to “take over” the capital if police tried to arrest him.
The police who were present at the scene said that it was not to arrest the former leader but to maintain law and order.
According to Down News, YouTube services were reportedly disrupted in some parts of the country during Khan’s speech and his live addresses were reportedly blocked on television channels by the Electronic Media Regulator on Saturday night.
At another political rally in Rawalpindi last Sunday, the former leader said the ruling government was trying to censor him, the BBC reported.
“What crime has Imran Khan committed? I will never accept this gang of thieves,” he told his supporters.
They accused the government of shutting down YouTube access halfway through Khan’s speech to prevent people from listening to him live.
Despite being ousted in a no-confidence vote in April, Khan continues to command the support of many Pakistani voters.
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