Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was taken into custody by paramilitary forces from Islamabad High Court premises today. The arrest of Mr Khan has led to a call from his party for nationwide protests, presenting another blow to the nuclear-armed country struggling with an economic crisis.
A video showing a swarm of paramilitary personnel surrounding Imran Khan and whisking him away to a vehicle has gone viral on social media. Imran Khan’s party also shared the video, alleging he was “badly pushed”.
The former PM’s arrest sparked protests across Pakistan. The police used water cannons and tear gas to stop large gatherings.
Here are the LIVE updates on Imran Khan’s arrest:
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Protests After Imran Khan’s Arrest
The arrest of ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan at the Islamabad High Court resulted in protests and demonstrations by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters across Pakistan. Visuals showed protesters entering Pakistan Army headquarters in Rawalpindi.
These cases are related to treason, blasphemy, committing and inciting violence and terrorism. 12 cases of terrorism in Lahore and 14 cases have been registered in Faisalabad. Some 22 terrorism cases have been registered against Imran Khan across the country. An Islamabad court is set to indict him on May 10 in a case in which he allegedly hid the proceeds from the sale of state gifts.
Police fired water cannon and tear gas Tuesday to quell protests that erupted in several cities across Pakistan, hours after former prime minister Imran Khan was arrested in connection with a graft case. AFP correspondents in the eastern city of Lahore reported water cannon being fired, while in Karachi in the south police used teargas to disperse protesters.
Prohibitory Orders In Islamabad After Imran Khan’s Arrest Sparks Protests
Pakistan police on Tuesday imposed prohibitory orders in Islamabad after several workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party staged protests across the city following the arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan by paramilitary forces.
“Imran did not appear despite the notices, NAB (National Accountability Bureau ) has arrested him for causing loss to the national treasury. No violence was done to them,” said Rana Sanaullah Khan, Pak Interior Minister.
My reply to ISPR & attempts by PDM & their handlers to arrest me for two reasons: 1. To prevent me from campaigning bec InshaAllah when elections are announced I will be doing jalsas. 2. To prevent me from mobilising the masses for street movement in support of Constitution if… pic.twitter.com/IQIQmFERah
– Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 9, 2023
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested this afternoon by paramiliray rangers while he was at the Islamabad High Court for the hearing of a corruption case. Visuals showed personnel in riot-control gear whisking him away in a van.
لوگوں پر تشدد اور عدالت کے شیشے توڑ کر عمران خان کو احاطہ عدالت سے گرفتار کیا گیا۔ ملک اس وقت بدترین فسطائیت کی لپیٹ میں ہے جہاں آئین و قانون نام کی کوئی شے باقی نہیں۔
پوری قوم سراپا احتجاج ہے
– Senator Dr. Shahzad Waseem (@dswpti) May 9, 2023
Imran Khan has been arrested in the Qadir Trust case which concerns allegations that Bahria Town allotted land worth ₹ 530 million to Al-Qadir Trust, owned by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and his wife, according to Dawn.