Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan was arrested by paramilitary Rangers on Tuesday outside the Islamabad High Court, his party said.
When Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), appeared in court on anti-graft charges, the Rangers took him into custody, according to his PTI lawyer Faisal Chaudhry.
Fawad Chaudhry, a former minister of information and vice president of the PTI, claimed that the court was “occupied by the Rangers” and that lawyers were being tortured.
“Imran Khan’s car has been surrounded,” he added.
Another PTI leader Azhar Mashwani claimed that Khan, 70, had been abducted by the Rangers from inside the court. He stated that the party had issued an urgent call for protests to be held throughout the nation.
“They are torturing Imran Khan right now, they are beating Khan sahib. They have done something with Khan sahib,” Cheema said in a video message posted on the party’s Twitter handle.
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In an effort to prevent the former prime minister of Pakistan from being arrested on corruption charges, his supporters clashed with the police outside his Lahore residence in March. This led to the injuries of several police officers and party members, and it also sparked demonstrations in a number of other cities across the country.
Khan has come under fire for buying gifts, including a pricey Graff wristwatch he had received as the premier at a reduced price from the state depository known as Toshakhana, and then profitably reselling them.
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