Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested in Islamabad on Tuesday, sparking a series of massive and violent protests across the country. The head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was arrested while he was at the premises of the High Court in Islamabad to attend the hearing Qader Trust case.

Khan is set to be introduced at the New Police Guest House in Islamabad today for further treatment.

Here is a quick guide on the developments:

📌 Imran Khan was arrested from the High Court building in Islamabad at around 2.15pm on Tuesday. It had been in the cards for weeks and followed previous failed attempts to arrest the former prime minister from his residence in Lahore in March 2023.

The 70-year-old cricketer turned politician was in the biometrics room at Court House when he was arrested. He is captured by the Pakistan Rangers, a paramilitary federal law enforcement agency. Videos showed that when PTI workers refused to open the door, the Rangers broke glass windows to enter the room.

📌 A PTI lawyer alleged that the Rangers beat Khan’s security personnel, other workers present in the room, and the former PM himself during the arrest. Lawyer Gohar Khan said that Imran Khan was tortured by the guards and they hit him on the head and injured his leg (Khan was injured after being shot in November 2022) with the bars and threw his wheelchair away.

📌 Interior Minister Rana Sanalla told the media that Imran was detained in the case after he repeatedly failed to appear in court despite issuing several notices. He added that “the arrest was carried out by the National Audit Bureau on charges of causing losses to the national treasury.”

Khan has been arrested in the Qadir Trust case, in which he and his wife Bushra Bibi are accused of illegally purchasing land from a businessman. As per a report in Pakistan based daily dawnAnd They are facing an inquiry about the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Claiming “accepting 5 billion rupees and hundreds of qanats (of land) from Bahria Town (an Islamabad-based real estate company) in exchange for protecting the company in a money laundering case.”

It will be presented at the new Police Guest House, Police Lines headquarters in Islamabad on May 10.

Protesters took to the streets in several parts of the country and clashed with police and other security personnel. So far at least one person has been killed and five others injured in Quetta. Several others were reportedly injured in the violence in Karachi, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Lahore as well.

Mobile and internet services have been suspended across the country in light of the developments. Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube were restricted in parts of Pakistan and “a complete internet shutdown was observed in some areas”, it was reported. dawn.

📌 The arrest comes hours after Khan posted a video alleging that a senior military officer on duty tried to kill him several times. “This man tried to kill me twice and whenever an investigation is conducted I will prove that he was this man and that there was a whole gang with him,” he said, adding, “My question is: (although) the former prime minister of the country – because this man’s name came forward – (why) did he Can I file a first media report (FIR)?”

Countries such as the United States, Britain and Canada have issued new travel advisories for their citizens, with caution. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said during a press conference: “We just want to make sure that everything that happens in Pakistan is in line with the rule of law and the constitution.”

(With inputs from agencies)


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