Pakistan police has arrested at least 532 people allegedly accused in connection with violent protests and attacks on the General Headquarters and other government installations on May 9.
Following the violent protests which took place on May 9, supporters and workers of Pakistan’s Former Prime Minister Imran Khan took the streets, and several sensitive installations and government headquarters were stormed, leaving major damages and economic losses behind.
Currently, police are verifying those alleged who were involved in the violent attacks on government headquarters. Only after the verification, the cases will be sent to military courts for further proceedings, according to the sources.
The suspects have been detained and the first information reports (FIR) were registered with the Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelum and Chakwal police.
Out of 532 suspects, 374 people have been arrested under section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, which outlined punishments for acts of terrorism.
As police investigation still going on, it is reported that several suspects have fled their homes over fears of possible arrest.
According to police, every individual wanted in connection with the violent protest will be prosecuted and dealt with accordingly.
Earlier, the police department had sent the names of 245 PTI activists, including three former members of the Punjab assembly, to the federal government for inclusion in the Provincial National Identification List (PNIL) to prevent them from going abroad.
This comes as Pakistan is currently grappling with unprecedented security threats from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), serious economic challenges and political dilemmas.