In a significant move in the investigation into the violence on May 9, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan has been named in six cases, including the assaults on the General Headquarters (GHQ), military facilities, and the incident of burning at Metro Station.
The News claimed that according to sources, three of these charges were filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) on May 9 and the other three on May 10.
The joint investigative teams (JITs) are conducting an inquiry into all of the incidents, they added.
According to sources, the cases were registered on behalf of their respective police officers at Civil Lines in Faisalabad, Samanabad, RA Bazar, and New Town police stations in Rawalpindi, City Police Station in Mianwali, and Police Station Cantt in Gujranwala.
The former Prime Minister has not been named in any of the 28 previous Rawalpindi instances.
According to the sources, the decision to include his name was made in light of testimonies supplied by the suspects under investigation and in collaboration with legal specialists.
At the RA Bazar and New Town police stations, charges relating to the attack on the GHQ and military installations were lodged.
On May 9, angry demonstrators trashed the gates of the Pakistan Army’s GHQ in Rawalpindi in an unprecedented act of destruction, according to The News.
PTI supporters also assaulted and destroyed the Corps’ Commander’s House – previously known as Jinnah House, which once served as Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s house – hours after Khan was detained by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on May 9.