Pakistan’s ex-PM Imran Khan arrested, sparking violence

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Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, was apprehended and forcefully taken from the court on Tuesday to face charges related to multiple corruption cases.

This development has led to heightened political tensions and sparked violent demonstrations by his fervent supporters across the major cities of the country.

Despite being ousted through a vote of no-confidence in April 2022, Imran Khan remains a prominent opposition figure, the Associated Press reported.

His arrest is the latest in a series of confrontations that have troubled Pakistan, a nation that has witnessed the arrest of former prime ministers in the past and interventions by its influential military.

Security agents from the National Accountability Bureau removed Khan from the Islamabad High Court and subsequently placed him in an armored vehicle, swiftly taking him away.

Fawad Chaudhry, a senior official from Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, criticized the arrest of the 71-year-old former cricket star as an “abduction.”

GEO TV, an independent media outlet, broadcasted footage of Khan being forcefully taken away, as reported by the AP.

Outside the court, a scuffle broke out between Khan’s supporters and the police. Chaudhry reported injuries among some of Khan’s lawyers and supporters, as well as several police officers.

In response to the incident, Khan’s party approached the court, which then requested a police report elucidating the charges leading to Khan’s arrest.

Written by staff