Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, has been arrested for one of the many lawsuits filed against him, according to Pakistani police and local media. It is unclear where Khan is being held. The Islamabad police tweeted that Khan was arrested in connection with a bribery case. Khan had recently been warned by the army for making “groundless allegations” that a high-ranking officer was planning to assassinate him. The Pakistani Justice Movement Party (PTI) called Khan’s arrest a “kidnap” and has called for protests across the country.
Khan lost a no-confidence vote in April last year, and after the vote, he was replaced by Shahbaz Sharif, the main opposition leader of the time and President of the Pakistan Muslim League. Since losing office, Khan has frequently called for early elections. In November of last year, he was shot and suffered minor injuries to his leg.
The news of Khan’s arrest has caused unrest among PTI supporters, who have taken to the streets in cities such as Islamabad, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, and Lahore to protest the decision.