Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan arrested during court appearance

Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan arrested during court appearance

The former prime minister of Pakistan was arrested by military police in Islamabad after appearing in court in a corruption case.

Le Monde with AFP

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Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a news conference in Islamabad, April 23, 2022. RAHMAT GUL / AP

Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan was arrested on Tuesday, May 9, police said, during a court appearance for one of dozens of cases pending since he was booted from office last year.

“Imran Khan has been arrested in the Qadir Trust case,” the Islamabad police official Twitter account said, referring to a graft case.

Pakistan is deeply mired in an economic and political crisis, with Khan pressuring the struggling coalition government for early elections.

At a weekend rally in Lahore, Khan repeated claims that a senior intelligence officer Major-General Faisal Naseer was involved in an assassination attempt last year during which he was shot in the leg.

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The military’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) wing said in a statement that “this fabricated and malicious allegation is extremely unfortunate, deplorable and unacceptable.”

“This has been a consistent pattern for the last year wherein military and intelligence agencies officials are targeted with insinuations and sensational propaganda for the furtherance of political objectives,” it said.

Criticism of the military establishment is rare in Pakistan, where army chiefs hold significant influence over domestic politics and foreign policy and have long been accused of interfering in the rise and fall of governments.

Le Monde with AFP

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