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Pakistan

PTI calls for protests after Imran Khan's arrest

  • Party chairman arrested in the Al-Qadir Trust case
Published May 9, 2023
A Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party activist and supporter of former Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran holds a burning tyre and and party flag during a protest against the arrest of their leader in Multan on May 9, 2023. Imran Khan was arrested on May 9, police said, during a court appearance for one of dozens of cases pending since he was booted from office last year.
Photo: AFP
A Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party activist and supporter of former Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran holds a burning tyre and and party flag during a protest against the arrest of their leader in Multan on May 9, 2023. Imran Khan was arrested on May 9, police said, during a court appearance for one of dozens of cases pending since he was booted from office last year. Photo: AFP

Following Imran Khan's arrest on Tuesday, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) called on the nation to come out on the streets.

"People, come out of their homes, Islamabad High Court has been attacked, Imran Khan's arrest is equivalent to shutting down the judiciary," former Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said in a tweet.

In a post tweeted by PTI’s official account, the party told workers that “if you don’t come out to save your country today, then the scene we are seeing right now will continue till years to come.”

Meanwhile, Fawad claimed that Imran was abducted from court premises, while scores of lawyers and general people were also injured.

"Imran Khan has been whisked away by unknown people to an unknown location, Chief Justice Islamabad High Court has ordered Security interior and Inspector General of police to appear within 15 minutes in the court," Fawad added.

The former PM was arrested by law enforcement authorities in the Al-Qadir Trust case, outside the Islamabad High Court as he appeared to seek bail in multiple cases.

A Reuters witness said shortly after Imran entered the gate of the IHC, contingents of paramilitary forces and armoured personnel carriers entered after him.

The gate was blocked by the armoured vehicles while the PTI chief was whisked away shortly after under heavy security, the witness added.

PTI leader Musarrat Cheema, in a video message on Twitter, said "they are torturing Imran Khan and beating Khan sahib".

"They have done something with Khan sahib," she said.

'Ready to go to jail'

Before his appearance in court, the PTI chief in a video message said that there was no need to call in a heavy contingent of police and other officials during his appearance before the courts in Islamabad today.

“If someone has a warrant, come to me directly, I am prepared to go to jail. Spending so much money as if a major criminal is coming to Islamabad. Do us a favor and don’t stage such a drama and directly provide a warrant,” he said.

He asserted that he was mentally prepared to go to jail.

In the tweet, Imran said attempts are being made by the coalition government to arrest him so he can be prevented from campaigning for elections and also to stop him from “mobilising the masses for street movement in support of Constitution if PDM government and their handlers refuse to obey the SC (Supreme Court) and violate Constitution on holding of elections”.

The issue of elections has been a contentious one, with PTI calling for immediate polls in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where assemblies have been dissolved.

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Notsurprised May 09, 2023 03:24pm
As usual PTI trying to create chaos and anarchy. Your leader Niazi stole 190 million pounds and gave it to Malik Riaz! Let him face justice (and not his favourite judges), if you believe he is so honest. What are you all scared of.
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John May 09, 2023 03:55pm
Top dogs for sure gave gone mad!
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BK May 09, 2023 10:21pm
@Notsurprised, This is not how justice is faced or served in civilized societies. Arrests don't happen before judgements are passed. Army/rangers don't just show up at courts, cause chaos and frisk people away. This is not justice this is unjust, unlawful, and just wrong. IK has been appearing in courts for last several months, what was the need of this stupid stunt by the army? Can't they understand that they are not the kings of Pak, that Pak belongs to the people and not to them and their kids? If you have any sense of patriotism and shame my friend then wake up and protest. Cause the unlawful atrocity that happened today to IK will tomorrow happen to me and you and to our kids. If not for IK, stand up for the future of your kids.
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Javed May 10, 2023 01:40am
What a sad day. The big fish Bhuttos & Zaradaris- corrupt to the bone who looted billions are free and calling the shots. On the other hand Imran Khan is arrested in a fake case.
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TimeToMovveOn May 10, 2023 03:32am
I really dont care what happens in Pakistan. I have been watching this country for the last 25 years wasting its energy trying to capture Kashmir, and in the process, lost its economy, lost its way, lost its dignity. Your focus on Kashmir has made Pakistan army more powerful, screw democracy, and usurp all economic benefits away from the people. May your principled stand on Kashmir and your zeal to capture Kashmir continue for another 75 years.
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