Imran Khan arrested live updates:
Prime Minister and PTI chief Imran Khan was arrested on Tuesday in an Al-Qadir trust case by paramilitary Rangers from outside the Islamabad High Court. A large group of Rangers left with Imran Khan, a 70-year-old former cricketer who is now a politician. Sources say that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had issued warrants for his arrest. The Inspector General of Islamabad has announced that Section 144 is being enforced, and anyone who violates it will face consequences. Khan’s lawyer, Faisal Chaudhry, said that the PTI chairman was arrested by the Rangers when he appeared in court on corruption charges. PTI leader Musarrat Cheema, in a video message on Twitter, said: “They are torturing Imran Khan right now […] they are beating Khan sahib. They have done something with Khan sahib.” Former information minister and PTI Vice President Fawad Chaudhry further claimed “Rangers have occupied the court” and lawyers “are being subjected to torture”. “Imran Khan’s car has been surrounded,” he added. PTI leader Azhar Mashwani alleged that Imran Khan was “abducted” from inside the court by the Rangers. He also informed that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had given an immediate call for staging protests in the country.
Al-Qadir Trust case
The former prime minister, along with his wife Bushra Bibi and other PTI leaders, are facing a NAB inquiry related to a settlement between the PTI government and a property tycoon, which reportedly caused a loss of 190 million pounds to the national exchequer.
As per the charges, the Khan and others accused allegedly adjusted Rs50 billion — 190 million pounds at the time — sent by Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) to the government.
They are also accused of getting undue benefit in the form of over 458 kanals of land at Mouza Bakrala, Sohawa, to establish Al Qadir University.