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LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police stored up their siege across the dwelling of Imran Khan as a 24-hour deadline given to the previous premier at hand over suspects allegedly sheltered inside was about to run out on Thursday.

The siege and the authorities demand for the suspects, wanted in violent protests over Khan’s recent detention, has angered the previous prime minister’s many followers and is elevating considerations about extra clashes between them and the safety forces.

Final week, Khan’s supporters attacked public property and navy installations after he was dragged out of a courtroom and arrested. At the least 10 folks have been killed in clashes with police throughout the nation. The violence subsided solely when Pakistan’s Supreme Courtroom ordered Khan’s launch.

The popular opposition leader was freed from custody over the weekend and returned to his dwelling in an upscale district of Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest metropolis and the capital of the Punjab area. Dozens of his supporters have been staying there with him, together with personal guards. Police, who on Wednesday surrounded the residence, say they need 40 suspects handed over.

The ultimatum for Khan ends at 2 p.m. native time.

“In all probability my final tweet earlier than my subsequent arrest,” the 70-year-old standard opposition chief tweeted on Wednesday, after the siege began. “Police have surrounded my home.”

In accordance with Amir Mir, a spokesman for the Punjab provincial authorities, police have been prepared to make use of firearms if attacked. He advised a information convention Thursday that at the very least 3,400 suspects linked to the clashes have been arrested and that extra raids are deliberate.

Pakistani authorities have stated they might prosecute civilians concerned in current anti-government protests in navy courts.

The announcement has drawn criticism from the advocacy group Amnesty Worldwide and the Human Rights Fee of Pakistan, which oppose trials of civilians within the navy courts. Army trials in Pakistan are normally held behind closed doorways, depriving civilians of a few of their primary rights, together with contracting a lawyer of their alternative.

Khan was ousted by a non-confidence vote in Parliament final yr. He has claimed the ouster was unlawful and a Western conspiracy.

He now faces greater than 100 authorized circumstances, primarily on expenses of inciting folks to violence, threatening officers, and defying a ban on rallies. He additionally faces a graft case alongside along with his spouse and was summoned by the Nationwide Accountability Bureau to reply questions in reference to the case on Thursday.

Nonetheless, Khan is more likely to ignore the summons from the anti-corruption authority to indicate up for questioning within the garrison metropolis of Rawalpindi. He’s anticipated to deal with a rally of supporters on the outskirts of Lahore later within the day.

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Related Press author Munir Ahmed contributed to this story from Islamabad.

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