- Imran Khan, Chairman of PTI, was arrested by the NAB, causing protests and clashes across Pakistan.
- Sources said military has no link in the arrest and condemns violent acts incited by some PTI leaders.
- This arrest comes amidst economic challenges and political tensions, with Khan maintaining his resilience.
Imran Khan, the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in accordance with the law, distancing the country’s military forces from the arrest.
The arrest took place at the Islamabad High Court (IHC) where Khan was scheduled to seek bail in multiple FIRs related to the Al-Qadir Trust case.
However, protests erupted across various cities in Pakistan, with some PTI leaders inciting violence and causing damage to government properties and military installations. The military, while showing restraint, emphasized that such actions would not be tolerated, and those responsible would be dealt with according to the law.
Khan’s arrest came after he made accusations against a senior military officer and the former armed forces chief, claiming they were involved in attempts on his life and his removal from power.
The arrest was met with clashes between Khan’s supporters and the police, leading to the imposition of emergency orders banning gatherings in three out of four provinces. The 70-year-old cricket hero-turned-politician remains resilient despite being ousted as prime minister in a no-confidence vote and being wounded in a previous attack on his convoy during a protest march.
This arrest comes at a time when Pakistan faces an economic crisis, including high inflation and delayed IMF bailout packages.
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