PTI leaders including Imran Khan booked for riots in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Police registered a case on Friday against senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders, including Chairman Imran Khan, for the riots that occurred in the capital during the 'Azadi March.'

According to reports, cases have been filed against Asad Umar, Imran Ismail, Raja Khurram Nawaz, Ali Amin Gandapur, and Ali Nawaz Awan, in addition to Khan.

Two separate cases of "rioting and arson" were filed at the Kohsar Police Station.  The first FIR was filed on behalf of Sub-Inspector (SI) Asif Raza, and the second was filed on behalf of SI Ghulam Sarwar. Moreover, cases have been filed against 150 people, 39 of whom have been arrested.

According to the FIRs, the metro bus stations on Islamabad's Jinnah Avenue were set on fire, a government vehicle was damaged at the Express Chowk, and the glass windows of Geo News and Jang offices were broken.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said , the federal government has also decided to take legal action against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan. 

"The participation of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister in the Azadi March with armed police is an attack on the federation." Sanaullah also stated that his department has contacted the Law Ministry to seek advice on how to proceed against Mahmood Khan.

On Wednesday, the federal capital's law and order situation devolved into chaos after Imran Khan and his convoy entered the city and began marching towards D-Chowk, despite the Supreme Court's order to hold a rally between the H9 and G9 areas of Islamabad.

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