Pakistan Supreme Court orders release of former PM Imran Khan
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ruled the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan to be illegal and ordered that he be immediately released, two days after his detention on corruption allegations triggered violent protests.
After the ruling on Thursday, violence around the country come forth to ease, though clashes between Khan’s supporters and police briefly broke out near the Supreme Court building.
The Pak govt. nevertheless , denounced the ruling and said it was determined to find other legal method to arrest the leader of the biggest party.
As you aware that Mr Khan, (70) , was arrested in a corruption case by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) during a court appearance on Tuesday, triggering violent protests across the country and prompting the government to squall Army to help restore order.
PTI supporters have clashed with police around the country, and people have attacked military and government sites, trying to storm the military’s main headquarters and burning down the residence of a top general in Lahore.
More than 2,000 people have been arrested, at least 11 others killed and dozens injured in the clashes. It was not immediately clear when Khan would be able to return home.Supreme Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial asked Khan to appear on Friday at the Islamabad High Court, to reconsider its earlier ruling that the arrest was legal. Khan may also ask the court for protection from future arrest on the corruption charges.
Speaking on a Pakistan’s Private channel , Rana Sanaullah Khan Interior Minister promise , “We will arrest him again”, perhaps on charges that were announced a day earlier of inciting the wave of violence.
Authorities have arrested several senior leadrs of PTI as of Thursday including a former foreign minister .Khan was also indicted on Wednesday in other corruption case .