Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was taken into custody by paramilitary forces from Islamabad High Court premises today. The sudden arrest has created an uproar across the country, with Khan’s party calling for nationwide protests.
A video of the incident has gone viral on social media, showing a large group of paramilitary personnel surrounding Khan and taking him away in a vehicle. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, led by Khan, has claimed that he was “badly pushed” during the arrest.
The arrest of Imran Khan has come as a shock to many, as he was attending a hearing related to a case against him in the Islamabad High Court. Khan is facing charges of violating Covid-19 protocols during a public gathering last year.
Following his arrest, protests erupted in various parts of the country. The police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowds. The PTI party has called for nationwide protests against what they describe as a “blatant attack on democracy”.
The arrest of Imran Khan is seen as another blow to Pakistan, which is already grappling with an economic crisis. Khan’s government was facing criticism over its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic downturn.
The country has been under military rule for several decades, and many see the arrest of a former prime minister as a sign of growing authoritarianism. Imran Khan was elected as the prime minister in 2018, promising to usher in a new era of transparency and accountability. However, his government has faced criticism for its handling of various issues, including the economy and foreign policy.
The arrest of Imran Khan is likely to escalate tensions in the country and further damage its already fragile democracy. The PTI party has vowed to continue its protests until Khan is released. Meanwhile, the government has not yet issued a statement on the matter.