LAHORE: Police on Saturday raided a farmhouse owned by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s nephew Hassaan Niazi.
This was the second raid conducted in two days to arrest the lawyer. His house was raided on Friday but Hassaan wasn’t home. He wasn’t there during the raid on the Raiwind farmhouse either.
Police said they conducted the raid after locating Hassaan using mobile data and intelligence. But Hassaan fled before the raid, they said.
Hassaan Niazi was involved in the lawyers’ attack on the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) on December 11. He has been specifically been implicated in the case involving the torching of a police van.
Footage went viral of Hassaan participating in the violent lawyers’ march on PIC during which at least five patients died, 25 doctors were injured and infrastructure was destroyed.
Hassaan is the son of Hafeezullah Niazi. He wasn’t initially named in the FIR registered against over 200 lawyers on Thursday but his name has now been added.
Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, the spokesperson for the federal government, said on Thursday that PM Imran believes in rule of law and not even his nephew is above the law. She told reporters in Islamabad that, “His nephew or anyone else whoever is wanted by the law… the law will follow him.”
Hassaan acknowledged that he participated in the protest on Twitter and said he felt “ashamed of himself”. He claimed that his support was limited to initiation of legal action against the doctors but videos that went viral on social media showed him actively participating in the protest.