Imran defends PTI leader, says Gandapur had weapons for own safety

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday said that PTI leader Ali Amir Gandapur’s life is in danger as he is facing death threats, hours after the police arrested Gandapur for carrying weapons  in his vehicle.

Imran Khan, while addressing a press conference, said that he’s here to respond to Chaudhry Nisar’s press conference which was about the English newspaper’s controversial news about an alleged civil-military rift.

He criticised the former Information minister Pervez Rasheed and said that leaking of sensitive news is a serious matter.

“How could Rashid let go such a news story without carefully checking, he is not a child,” said Imran.

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PTI leaders Ali Amin Gandapur and Chaudhry Sarwar were stopped by police from entering Bani Gala and workers present in their entourage were detained. At least 20 to 25 party workers were detained at Simly Dam Road. The workers’ vehicles were also transferred to police stations.

Police said it seized a large cache of weapons from Ali Amin’s car. Among the objects recovered was AK-47, repeaters, bullets and a liquor bottle. Bullet-proof jackets belonging to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police were also found in his car.

Earlier, PTI chief Imran Khan chaired a meeting at his residence to discuss arrests of party workers and what next steps the party should take.

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