Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested today simply as he was getting into the Islamabad High Court for a listening to in a corruption case. Mr Khan was taken into custody from the court docket premises by paramilitary forces; his get together leaders have alleged that the police entered the court docket and dragged him exterior to arrest him.
Imran Khan has been arrested within the Qadir Trust case (which issues allegations that Bahria Town allotted land value Rs 530 million to Al-Qadir Trust, owned by the PTI chairman and his spouse, in keeping with Dawn), Islamabad Police tweeted in Urdu, including that the scenario is “regular”.
“Section 144 is in drive and motion might be taken in case of violation,” it mentioned.
عمران خان کو قادر ٹرسٹ کیس میں گرفتار کیاگیا ہے۔ آئی جی اسلام آباد ۔
حالات معمول کے مطابق ہیں ۔ آئی جی اسلام آباد
دفعہ 144 نافذ العمل ہے خلاف ورزی کی صورت میں کارروائی عمل میں لائی جائے گی ۔
— Islamabad Police (@ICT_Police) May 9, 2023
A video displaying a swarm of paramilitary personnel surrounding Imran Khan and whisking him away to a car has gone viral on social media. Imran Khan’s get together additionally shared the video, alleging he was “badly pushed”.
Hours earlier than going to court docket, Imran Khan launched a video doubling down on his allegations towards prime ISI officer Major-General Faisal Naseer, who he says was concerned within the assassination try towards him in Wazirabad. He had two days additionally claimed that Major Naseer was concerned within the brutal homicide of senior journalist Arshad Sharif.
The former Pakistan PM has evaded arrest a number of occasions not too long ago, together with the dramatic escape from a police raid at his residence in Lahore’s Zaman Park.
“Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)’s Major-General Faisal Naseer tried to kill me twice. He can also be concerned within the killing of (TV anchor) Arshad Sharif. He additionally stripped my get together Senator Azam Swati bare and inflicted extreme torture on him,” Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan had mentioned at a rally in Lahore on May 7 from his bullet-bomb-proof car.
Arshad Sharif, who was crucial of the Army, was killed in Kenya final October as he fled the nation citing threats to his life from the safety businesses.
“They have badly pushed injured (sic) Imran Khan. Pakistan’s individuals, that is the time to avoid wasting your nation. You will not get another alternative,” it mentioned.
They have badly pushed injured Imran Khan. Pakistan’s individuals, that is the time to avoid wasting your nation. You will not get another alternative. pic.twitter.com/Glo5cmvksd
— PTI (@PTIofficial) May 9, 2023
Dawn newspaper reported that Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Aamer Farooq has directed the Islamabad police chief, the inside ministry secretary, and the extra legal professional basic to seem earlier than it inside quarter-hour.
“The IHC CJ mentioned that he was displaying “restraint” and warned that he would “summon” the prime minister if the Islamabad police chief didn’t seem earlier than the court docket,” Dawn additional mentioned.
“Come to court docket and inform us why Imran has been arrested and during which case,” the Pakistani newspaper quoted Justice Farooq.
Imran Khan’s aide and his get together Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Fawad Chaudhry had earlier claimed that Islamabad High Court was occupied by Rangers, and attorneys have been being subjected to torture. “Imran Khan’s automotive has been surrounded,” he tweeted in Urdu.
PTI additionally tweeted a video of an injured man with blood stains on his shirt, claiming Imran Khan’s lawyer was “badly injured” contained in the court docket premises of IHC. “Black day for our democracy and nation,” it mentioned.