Social gathering officers: Imran Khan arrested in courtroom in Islamabad Lalrp


ISLAMABAD — Officers from the occasion of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan say he has been arrested as he appeared in a courtroom within the capital, Islamabad, to face costs in a number of graft instances.

Fawad Chaudhry, a senior official with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf occasion, mentioned the 72-year-old Khan was arrested on Tuesday on the premises of the courtroom by brokers from the nation’s anti-corruption physique, the Nationwide Accountability Bureau.

Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote in April 2022. He has claimed his ouster was unlawful and a Western conspiracy and has campaigned in opposition to the federal government of his successor, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, demanding early elections.

Chaudhry mentioned Khan was dragged out of the courtroom and right into a police automobile. He mentioned the previous premier is now within the custody of the safety forces. He denounced the arrest as “an abduction.”

Pakistan’s unbiased GEO TV broadcast photographs of Khan being pulled by safety forces in the direction of an armored automobile, which took him away.

After the previous premier was whisked away, a scuffle broke out between Khan’s supporters and police. Chaudhry mentioned a few of Khan’s attorneys and supporters had been injured within the scuffle, as had been a number of policemen.

Khan’s occasion instantly complained to the Islamabad Excessive Court docket, which requested a police report explaining the costs for Khan’s arrest.

Officers from the anti-corruption physique mentioned that Pakistan’s Nationwide Accountability Bureau had issued arrest warrants for Khan final week in a separate graft case, for which he had not obtained bail — one thing that might shield him from arrest below the nation’s legal guidelines.

The officers, who spoke on situation of anonymity, mentioned Khan might be introduced to look earlier than an anti-graft tribunal in a while Tuesday.

There have been no different official statements from the federal government on Khan’s arrest.

Khan had arrived in Islamabad earlier within the day from the close by metropolis of Lahore, the place he resides, to face costs earlier than the Islamabad Excessive Court docket in a number of graft instances in opposition to him. He has claimed that the string of instances in opposition to him, which embody terrorism costs, are a plot Sharif’s authorities to discredit the previous cricket star turned Islamist politician.