Pakistani police have used tear gas and batons to disperse protesters gathered outside the residence of politician Imran Khan in Lahore. The minor clashes came after police stormed the building itself, where an estimated 500 supporters of Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party had gathered. The operation led to the arrest of 61 people. Khan, who is in Islamabad for a hearing relating to his alleged sale of state gifts after leaving office, had claimed that the intended raid would be a “state atrocity”. Supporters of the politician had erected concrete blocks, tents and even felled trees around Khan’s Lahore home, however, police claimed that they found barricades, bunkers and illegal weapons inside the property. Khan, a former cricketer turned anti-corruption campaigner, was voted out of office in 2013. While his lawyers managed to obtain a suspension of his arrest warrant on Friday, it only applied to that hearing. He has also been accused of concealing assets.
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