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'No Plans to Travel Abroad': Imran Khan 'Thanks' Gov't After His Name Put on No-Fly List

© AP Photo / K.M. ChaudaryPakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a news conference at his home, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, May 18, 2023.
Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a news conference at his home, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, May 18, 2023. - Sputnik India, 1920, 26.05.2023
Law enforcement agencies have launched nationwide search to arrest the arsonists behind the May 9 violence that shook Pakistan following ex-premier Imran Khan's arrest.
Ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday took a dig at the Shehbaz Sharif-led government after reports emerged that authorities have put his name on the no-fly list.
The move is believed to be the latest in an intensifying state crackdown on Khan, his close aides, and his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
"I want to thank the government for putting my name on the ECL (Exit Control List) as I have no plans to travel abroad, because I neither have any properties or businesses abroad nor even a bank account outside the country. If and when I do get an opportunity for a holiday, it will be in our northern mountains, my favourite place on earth," Khan tweeted.
Thousands of PTI workers, including many senior politicians belonging to the party have been put behind bars by security agencies in recent days.
Security personnel with ballistic shields escort former Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan (C) as he leaves after appearing at the High Court in Lahore on May 19, 2023. - Sputnik India, 1920, 26.05.2023
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As Govt Mulls Banning PTI, More Politicians Leave Imran Khan's Side
The government crackdown appeared to have taken a severe toll on his political outfit, as many senior politicians quit the PTI.
Among the big names to resign from their PTI posts were former information minister Fawad Chaudhry, party general secretary Asad Umar, and party's senior vice-president Shireen Mazari.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah claimed that the violence was part of Khan's "politics of hatred" program which he alleged was launched to pit the country's youth against the government and the Army.
Also, he gave an account of the action taken by law enforcers in connection to the violence linked with the 1992 Cricket World Cup winning captain's arrest in Islamabad.
Sanaullah disclosed that so far the police have registered 499 complaints against the arsonists.
"Out of these, 88 FIRs have been registered under the Anti-Terrorist Act and 411 have been registered under other laws," the minister said at a press conference in Islamabad.
He told reporters that a total of 9,000 people have been picked up by the police - while 4,000 face terrorism charges, the remaining 5,000 have been booked under other laws.