Imran Khan Arrest Live Updates: In a major relief for Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday declared the former prime minister’s arrest “illegal” and ordered his immediate release after he was produced before a bench on its orders.
The order to produce 70-year-old Khan was issued by a three-member bench, comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Athar Minallah. The bench, which heard Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman’s plea against his arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust case, expressed anger at the way Khan was taken into custody from the premises of the Islamabad High Court. The bench had directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to produce Khan by 4:30 pm (local time) when the court would reconvene.
Khan was produced before the court amid tight security. As he entered the courtroom, it was closed, and subsequently, the bench resumed the hearing of the case.
“It is good to see you,” Chief Justice Bandial told Khan. “We believe that Imran Khan’s arrest was illegal,” the top judge said.
He said that the Islamabad High Court should hear the case on Friday. “You will have to accept whatever the high court decides,” the judge added.
Imran Khan‘s arrested has raised many eyebrows considering the fact that this is a man who was a loved and popular cricketer at one point of time, and more importantly, held the position of power as Pakistan’s prime minister.
Here are the latest updates from Pakistan
Imran Khan Arrest LIVE: Stay tuned with us as we bring to you live coverage of the events that are currently unfolding in Pakistan after their former Prime Minister and former cricketer Imran Khan’s arrest today.
Pakistan Supreme Court has asked Imran Khan to appeal his supporters to remain calm and peaceful.
Pakistan SC stated that former PM Imran Khan's arrest as illegal and ruled that he should be released immediately.
Pakistan SC has said that Imran Khan's arrest is illegal.
According to Dawn, PTI leader Murad Saeed has warned that party supporters would march to Islamabad if former prime minister Imran Khan was not released today. “My Pakistanis, I am telling you that if Imran Khan is not released today … take to the streets and change your lives,” he said in a video message shared on Twitter.
“I want to tell my brothers and sisters that you need to march to Islamabad after Friday prayers tomorrow [Friday],” the PTI leader added.
Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the anti-corruption watchdog National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to produce former prime minister Imran Khan within an hour. The SC said it has observed that the agency committed “contempt of court” by entering the court premises and arresting him without permission from the court's registrar.
At least four persons have ben killed and more than a dozen have been injured in Peshawar, Dawn reported quoting journalist Iftikhar Firdous of The Khorasan Diary.
Protests have erupted across Pakistan after Imran Khan's arrest. As per latest report by PTI, Pakistan Army has now been deployed in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to contain these violent protests. According to the report, at least 14 government buildings/installations were set on fire by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party supporters in Punjab province following the dramatic arrest of Khan in a corruption case on Tuesday, police said.
The arrest of former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, is a dark day for democracy.Solidarity with protestors in Pakistan and beyond demanding his immediate release. pic.twitter.com/qXgQGjhfe2— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 10, 2023
Anti-corruption court in Pakistan grants National Accountability Bureau eight-day remand of former prime minister Imran Khan. (PTI)
Important 🚨 We would like to reiterate that @PTIofficial is a peaceful and Law Abiding political party. Our leader preaches peace. We categorically condemn any violent act and ask every supporter to remain Peaceful and protest where ever you are#releaseimrankhan https://t.co/3RYW2XKgfk— PTI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (@PTIKPOfficial) May 10, 2023
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday said that after the arrest of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan sparked unrest, Britain is carefully monitoring the situation in the country, reported Reuters. “The arrest of the former prime minister is an internal matter for Pakistan. We support peaceful democratic processes and adherence to the rule of law and we are monitoring the situation carefully,” Sunak told lawmakers.
Toshakhana is a department under the administrative control of the Cabinet Division and stores precious gifts given to rulers, parliamentarians, bureaucrats, and officials by heads of other governments and states and foreign dignitaries. (PTI)
Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan was on Wednesday indicted by a court for unlawfully selling state gifts during his premiership between 2018-22, broadcaster Geo News reported. Khan was arrested on Tuesday in another corruption case. (Reuters)
Pakistan Army troops were deployed in Punjab on Wednesday to maintain law and order in the most populous province after violent protests in several cities and attacks on military installations following the dramatic arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan in a corruption case. The decision was taken by the interior ministry at the request of the Punjab government, according to a notification issued by the federal government. (PTI)
The court at Police Lines Islamabad has indicted former Pak PM in Toshakhana case. Khan has denied all charges.
The federal government has decided to deploy the Pakistan Army troops in Punjab to maintain the law and order situation in the most populous province, which witnessed violent protests in several cities following Khan's arrest on Tuesday. (PTI)
Shehbaz Sharif will chair a high-level meeting in the evening. Pakistan media reports that the meeting will be held at 6 pm in the evening.
The Pakistani rupee fell 1.3% to a record low of 288.5 against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday, a day after former prime minister Imran Khan was arrested by the anti-corruption agency in Islamabad. Pakistan's international bonds nudged lower with the 2024 issue down 0.4 cents on the dollar, according to Tradeweb data. (Reuters)
Latest reports from Islamabad say that the National Accountability Bureau is seeking 14-day physical remand of former Prime Minister. PTI member Shireen Mazari took to Twitter to slam the ad-hoc arrangements made at police HQ. Terming it as 'kangaroo court', Mazari said that lawyers and leaders were not allowed to meet Imran Khan.
Mobile data services in the country were shut while Twitter, YouTube and Facebook have been disrupted, Reuters confirms.
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There are reports that supporters of Imran Khan will hold a mega march in Islamabad today. There are fears that more clashes may erupt following Khan's hearing.
The late night notification issued by Islamabad Chief Commissioner, Khan's hearing will take place at police headquarters located the national capital today. It should be noted that Khan was earlier scheduled to appear before a federal court.
The shocking visuals of last evening's violence are circulating online. A viral video from Pakistan has gone viral. The video shows a metro terminal up in flames. The Express Tribune said that the terminal was attacked by Imran Khan supporters.
The United States, United Kingdom and Canada have issued new travel advisories for their citizens citing political unrest following the arrest of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, ARY News reported. (ANI)
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will not be brought to court and his scheduled hearing on Wednesday will take place at the location where he was under custody, police said. (Reuters)
Police fire tear gas to disperse supporters of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan protesting against the arrest of their leader, in Peshawar, Pakistan on Tuesday. (Image: AP/PTI)
Protest outside Pakistan High Commission for the illegal arrest of @ImranKhanPTI #releaseimrankhan pic.twitter.com/K6n7l46grC— PTI London Official (@PTI_London) May 9, 2023
According to Deputy Commissioner Shah Fahad, Section 144 has been imposed in Peshawar Tuesday for a duration of 30 days, following the arrest of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Dawn reported.
Local Police has said that at least 10 people, including six policemen were injured in Pakistan's Quetta City in clashes with ex-PM Imran Khan's supporters, reported Reuters.
Shaheen Sebai, an independent journalist tweeted, “First reaction against Imran Khan's arrest is a big procession moving towards Army Headquarters where there is a big chance of violence and killings. Khan was grossly manhandled and almost half-conscious when pushed into a police /Army van. His lawyers were also beaten.”
A man walks past a burning prison van set on fire by angry supporters of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan during a protest against the arrest of their leader, in Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday. (Image: AP)
According to a tweet atht is circling on social media, protesters from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party can be seen marching to the Families Corps Commander's House, demanding the release of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in Al-Qadir Trust case.
PTI took to Twitter and wrote, “It’s your time, people of Pakistan. Khan has always stood for you, now its time to stand for him.”
Protest in cantt Multan against abduction by Rangers on Dirt Harry’s directions #releaseimrankhan pic.twitter.com/b7PaVgiAU8— PTI (@PTIofficial) May 9, 2023
Former Pak PM Imran Khan will be presented before the Anti-Graft Court on Wednesday, reports GEO TV.
As per a Reuters report, Pakistan Interior Minister has said that orders have been given to deal with Khan's supporters if they create an unlawful situation.
Supporters of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan chant slogans as they block a road as a protest to condemn the arrest of their leader, in Peshawar, Pakistan. (AP Photo)
The hearing which was disrupted after Imran Khan's arrest in Al-Qadir trust case, has resumed at the Islamabad High Court, as per Pakistan Daily dawn.
Pakistan's Interior Minister has said that the arrest is related to a property tycoon's money laundering that was 190 million pounds and was caught in UK, as per a Reuters report. The minister has claimed that Khand and his wife got huge lands from the tycoon in return for a favour to him.
اسلام آباد عدالتی پیشی کیلئے روانگی سے قبل چیئرمین تحریک انصاف کا خصوصی پیغام آئی ایس پی آر کی پریس ریلیز پر خصوصی ردعمل #behindyouskipper pic.twitter.com/NtrcUSrwwY— PTI (@PTIofficial) May 9, 2023
The protesters have already gathered on the streets and are demanding Khan's release, according to a tweet by official handle of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).