Pakistan Ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan Arrested

Imran Khan, the former prime minister of Pakistan, has been arrested by the military as he appeared in court in Islamabad to face charges in a corruption case.

Fawad Chaudhry, a senior official with Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, said the 72-year-old was arrested on Tuesday on the premises of the court by agents from the National Accountability Bureau, the country’s anti-corruption body.

A Reuters witness said that shortly after Khan entered through the gate of the Islamabad high court, contingents of paramilitary forces and armoured personnel carriers entered after him.

The gate was blocked by the armoured vehicles and Khan was whisked away under heavy security, the witness said.

Imran Khan was ousted as prime minister in a no-confidence vote in April last year. He has claimed his ousting was illegal and a western conspiracy and has campaigned against the government of his successor, Shehbaz Sharif, demanding early elections.

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