Imran Khan was reportedly arrested from outside the Islamabad High Court by Rangers on Tuesday.
Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan was arrested from outside the Islamabad High Court by Rangers on Tuesday. Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was taken into custody from a court premises in Islamabad in a corruption case.
Imran did not appear despite the notices, NAB has arrested him for damaging the national treasury. No violence was done to them,” interior of Pakistan Rana Sanaullah said on Twitter.
“Imran Khan’s car has been surrounded,” Khan’s aide Fawad Chaudhry had earlier said without confirming his arrest.
Another PTI leader Azhar Mashwani alleged that 70-year-old Khan had been “abducted” from inside the court by the Rangers. He said that the party had given an immediate call for staging protests in the country.
“They are torturing Imran Khan right now […] they are beating Khan sahib. They have done something with Khan sahib,” PTI leader Musarrat Cheema said in a video message on the party’s Twitter handle.
Khan’s arrest comes a day after the Pakistan Army slammed the former PM for “highly irresponsible and baseless” allegations by him against a serving ISI officer without any evidence as a fresh war of words broke out between the powerful military and the former prime minister.
In a strongly worded statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) – the media wing of the military- also said that Khan’s “fabricated and malicious allegations are extremely unfortunate, deplorable and unacceptable”.
“This has been a consistent pattern for last one year wherein military and intelligence agencies officials are targeted with insinuations and sensational propaganda for the furtherance of political objectives,” it said.