The Ministry of Interior sanctioned a red warrant for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Zulfi Bukhari for his arrest and extradition. The red warrant, which is employed via Interpol, marks a pivotal step in global law enforcement efforts.
The interior ministry, addressing the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) through official correspondence, ordered the initiation of Interpol procedures for Bukhari’s red warrant.
The decisive action stems from Bukhari’s alleged involvement in orchestrating violence at the Judicial Complex Islamabad, coinciding with PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s court appearance in the Toshakhana case.
Chaos at the Judicial Complex: PTI Workers Clash with Police
Federal authorities assert that PTI affiliates engaged in severe unlawful activities, including torching police vehicles during clashes, as Khan faced legal proceedings. The mayhem resulted in substantial injuries among the law enforcement personnel, with the Islamabad Capital Police reporting 52 officers wounded due to stone-pelting incidents.
Further reports indicate a more aggressive confrontation, with PTI supporters resorting to petrol bombs and launching tear gas at police units, highlighting the intensity of the conflict.
Zulfi Bukhari: From SAPM to International Fugitive
Post the violent events and subsequent legal actions, Zulfi Bukhari, once a close aide to former Prime Minister Imran Khan, exited Pakistan. Currently residing overseas, Bukhari faces serious charges under the Anti-Terrorism Act, prompting his international status as a fugitive and instigating the recent red warrant from the Ministry of Interior.