Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan Arrested Outside Court
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has been arrested during a court appearance in the capital Islamabad over corruption allegations.
Musarrat Jamshed Cheema, a leader of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), confirmed Khan’s arrest on Tuesday.
“He went for his biometrics procedure from where he was picked by the Rangers,” she said, referring to the paramilitary force.
Dr Akbar Nasir Khan, a top police official in Islamabad, told the press Khan was arrested in a case related to one Al-Qadir Trust.
The National Accountability (NAB) issued an arrest warrant for Khan on May 1 in relation to the case.
Fawad Chaudhry of Khan’s PTI party tweeted that the Islamabad High Court complex has been “occupied” by the Pakistani Rangers paramilitary and that lawyers were “being subjected to torture”.
Video footage on local media showed Khan being escorted to a Rangers vehicle.
In a tweet, PTI said the Rangers have “abducted” Khan.
“Pakistan’s brave people must come out and defend their country,” the party posted.
Reports said Aamer Farooq, the chief justice of the Islamabad High Court, has ordered government officials to appear before the court over Khan’s arrest.
Khan was removed from power in April last year after he lost a confidence vote in parliament. Since then, he has been campaigning for early national polls, due in October this year.