The arrest, protests, and more of Imran Khan in Pakistan.

Imran Khan, who used to be Pakistan’s prime minister, was arrested in Islamabad on Tuesday. This sparked a wave of large, violent protests across the country. Here’s how things went down.

 

Imran Khan, who used to be Pakistan’s prime minister, was arrested in Islamabad on Tuesday. This sparked a wave of large, violent protests across the country. The head of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was taken into custody while he was at the Islamabad High Court to listen to the Al-Qadir Trust case.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s happened:

What went wrong? Imran Khan was taken into custody around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Islamabad High Court. It had been planned for weeks, and in March 2023, there had already been failed attempts to arrest the ex-PM at his home in Lahore.

📌 How it unfolded:

The 70-year-old former cricketer-turned-politician was apprehended in the courthouse’s bio-metrics chamber. The Pakistan Rangers, a federal paramilitary law enforcement agency, apprehended him. Videos revealed that when PTI employees refused to open the door, Rangers shattered the glass windows to gain entry.

📌  Allegations of violence:

A lawyer for the PTI said that Khan’s security guards, other people in the room, and the former Prime Minister himself were all beaten by the Rangers during the arrest. Barrister Gohar Khan said that the Rangers beat Imran Khan with rods and threw away his wheelchair. Khan was hurt when he was shot at in November 2022, and he was in a wheelchair at the time.

 

📌 Govt reacts: 

Rana Sanaullah, the minister of the interior, told the media that Imran was arrested in the case because he didn’t show up to court even though he was given several warnings. “The National Accountability Bureau has made the arrest because the national treasury has lost money,” he said.

📌 Why was he arrested?

Khan has been arrested because of the Al-Qadir Trust case. He and his wife, Bushra Bibi, are accused of buying land from a business leader without permission. According to a report in the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, they are being investigated by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for “accepting Rs 5 billion and hundreds of kanals of land from Bahria Town, a real estate company based in Islamabad, in exchange for protecting the firm in a money laundering case.”

📌 Where is he now?

Leaders of the PTI have said that he has been moved to a “secret location” and that they are afraid he may be tortured. Pakistani media said Khan will be introduced on May 10 at the New Police Guest House, Police Lines Headquarters, in Islamabad.

📌 Internet shut off:

Due to what’s going on, mobile and internet services have been shut down all over the country. Parts of Pakistan have blocked social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and “total internet shutdowns have been seen in some regions,” said Dawn.

📌 World reacts:

Countries like the US, UK, and Canada have sent out new travel warnings to their people, telling them to be careful. During a news conference, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “All we want to do is make sure that whatever happens in Pakistan is in line with the rule of law and the constitution.”

 

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