Ex-Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan was arrested Tuesday exterior the Islamabad Extreme Court docket docket, native media reported. In a video shared on-line by Dr Shahzad Waseem, the Chief of the Opposition inside the neighbouring nation, and retweeted by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, the earlier cricketer is surrounded by a sea of security personnel – sporting black riot gear and wielding shields and lathis – and is being dragged proper right into a prepared automobile.
Pak broadcaster GEO TV broadcast photos of Khan being taken away and, after that, a scuffle broke out between the ex-PM’s supporters and the police.
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The PTI has complained to the courtroom, which has requested a police report explaining the prices and causes for Khan’s arrest, the Associated Press acknowledged.
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“After torturing people and breaking courtroom residence home windows, Imran Khan was arrested from courtroom premises. The nation is in the intervening time inside the grip of the worst fascism… the place there isn’t a such issue as Construction and regulation left…” Waseem tweeted.
The tweet carried the hashtag #BehindYourSkipper.
PTI chief Azhar Mashwani alleged Khan had been ‘kidnapped’ by Pakistan Rangers, an elite paramilitary stress, and often known as for nationwide protests.
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Fawad Chaudhry, a senior PTI official acknowledged Imran Khan, 72, was arrested by the Pakistan’s anti-corruption physique, the Nationwide Accountability Bureau. Chaudhry acknowledged Khan had been dragged out of the courtroom; he too decried it as ‘an abduction’.
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Officers from the anti-corruption physique acknowledged Khan was arrested in a separate corruption case – for which he had not obtained bail – and that he might be launched sooner than a tribunal later at current.
The Pakistan authorities has responded by means of inside minister Rana Sanaullah, who tweeted to say Khan was arrested for failing to answer courtroom summons.
“The arrest has been carried out by the Nationwide Accountability Bureau for inflicting losses to the nationwide treasury. No violence was carried out to him.”
In step with Pak newspaper Dawn, the Islamabad Extreme Court docket docket is decrease than impressed by Khan being whisked away from its premises and has summoned senior authorities and cops to elucidate their actions.
Imran Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote in April.
He has since claimed (repeatedly) his ouster was illegal and half of a much bigger Western conspiracy, and has campaigned in direction of his successor Shahbaz Sharif to demand an early election.
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