Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan arrested

Former Pakistan prime minister and legendary cricketer Imran Khan has been arrested outside the High Court in the nation’s capital, Islamabad.

Mr Khan was appearing in court on charges of corruption, which he says are politically motivated.

Footage of the arrest showed scores of security personnel in riot-control gear whisking Khan away in a van as Khan’s party called for protests across the country.

Khan was ousted as prime minister in April last year and has been campaigning for early elections since then.

General elections are due to be held later this year.

Last November, Khan was shot in a gun attack while he was hosting a protest march.

Pakistan’s powerful military have rebuked him after he accused a senior officer of trying to kill him.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters that Khan was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after he did not appear before it “despite notices”.

The NAB had issued Khan’s arrest warrants on May 1.

Khan has had dozens of cases brought against him since he was ousted from power.

He served four of his five-year term.

In most of the cases, Khan faces being barred from holding public office if convicted.

Previous attempts to arrest Khan from his Lahore home resulted in heavy clashes between his supporters and law enforcement personnel.


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