The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police on Sunday responded to warnings issued by PTI Chairman Imran Khan against the force a day ago, saying “anyone threatening the police or making false accusations will be dealt with according to the law”.
The statement from the police come a day after Imran claimed in his address to a public rally that the Islamabad police was taking orders for action against his party leaders from “someone”.
“When I asked the police to tell me what did you do to Shahbaz Gill, they said ‘we did nothing, we got a boot from behind to follow orders’,” he told the rally participants on Saturday while announcing plans to move the Supreme Court against the alleged torture of his aide.
Imran also warned the judiciary against its “biased” attitude towards his party, saying that it should brace itself for the consequences.
The former premier had also taken exception to Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry, who had approved Gill’s two-day physical remand at the request of the capital police, and said she should “prepare herself as action would be taken against her.”
Reacting to the PTI chief’s statement, the capital police said in a tweet that it will continue to perform its duties “diligently”.
It said the police had taken an oath “to serve the nation at all times”.
“All officers are rendering their services with complete responsibility and continue to discharge them. The police are an organised institution and we are bound to perform our duties come what may,” the ICT said.
It added that the police could not indulge in any mismanagement.
The capital police reiterated that it would take lawful action against “all false allegations.”
IMRAN SLAMMED: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, in the meanwhile, said Imran would have to face the law for “threatening and hurling abuse” at the magistrate and police officers.
In a tweet, the minister said the PTI chief will not be allowed “to challenge the writ of the state by inciting rebellion.”
Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said the PTI chairman had become a threat for Pakistan and its security.
“By challenging national institutions and the state writ, he is inciting the people to violence, lawlessness, rebellion and riot. Imran Khan wants a civil war in the country,” she tweeted.
Federal Minister for Railways and Aviation Khwaja Saad Rafique also lashed out at the PTI chief for attacking a magistrate and police in his speech, saying the judicial action was inevitable after he “openly threatened” the judge.
PPP leader Farhatullah Babar also censured the ex-PM for hurling a threat at law enforcement personnel and a judge.
“Naming a woman judge and threatening her publicly for alleged transgression but calling powerful transgressors merely as X and Y is not courage,” he tweeted.
In his address on Saturday, Imran had threatened to file cases against the police, bureaucracy, the Election Commission of Pakistan and political opponents over the treatment allegedly meted out to his chief of staff Shahbaz Gill.
The PTI chief again called on the “neutrals” — a euphemism he uses for the military establishment — to stand with the nation rather than the “gang of thieves”, in reference to the ruling coalition.
He said he wanted to ask the neutrals if they were “really neutral”. He had also alleged that the Islamabad police was taking orders for action against his party leaders from ‘someone’.
The ex-PM had announced that he would present a roadmap to the public in the party’s rally at Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on Sunday (today), adding he planned to take to the streets across the country from today.