Khadija Shah, the prime suspect in the attack on Lahore Corps Commander’s House, also known as Jinnah House, during the May 9 rioting and arson, has announced her surrender to the police. She is accused of leading the attack on the military installation and had been in hiding since authorities launched a crackdown to arrest the rioters involved in damaging public and military properties across the country. Khadija is the daughter of former finance minister Salman Shah and claims to be a supporter of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
In an audio message that was circulated on social media on Sunday, the PTI supporter admitted to participating in the protest outside the Lahore Corps Commander’s House but denied any wrongdoing or incitement of violence. In the message, Khadija mentioned that the past five days have been very tough for her, and she is surrendering to the police.
Khadija also claimed that the authorities raided her house at midnight and abducted her husband and father. Her husband was reportedly roughed up in front of their children, and even their domestic workers were subjected to torture. Despite being a part of PTI protests for the last year, she alluded to not violating any laws or the Constitution of Pakistan.
Further updates will follow as the situation unfolds.