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Imran Khan Faces Fresh Arrest in GHQ Attack Case, All Cases Against Nawaz Sharif Quashed

Imran Khan faces new legal hurdles with his arrest in the GHQ attack case, while public frustration mounts, seen in the trending 'Nawaz Laadla' on X.

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan, founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), faces fresh legal challenges as he was arrested in connection with the GHQ attack case. The RA Bazaar has booked Khan, seeking his physical remand from a local court. The arrest follows a release warrant granted a day earlier in the cipher case.

The courtroom proceedings, encompassing 12 cases related to the GHQ attack, initiated with video-link testimonies, with Station House Officers (SHOs) from various police stations present. Despite being granted bail in the cipher case, Imran Khan’s continued detention stems from his arrest in the Toshakhana case involving a substantial 190 million pounds.

Imran Khan was sought by the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on May 9th, 2023, in connection with the GHQ attack case. The charges include attacking state properties, burning images, and inciting people. While the Special Court had granted bail, Khan remains embroiled in multiple legal battles, showcasing the broader framework of alleged involvement in attacking state properties and military installations.

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The May 9 riots erupted following Imran Khan’s arrest by paramilitary Rangers in Islamabad, sparking violent protests across the nation. Over 20 military installations and state buildings, including the army’s General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, were damaged or torched. The aftermath led to a series of cases against Khan and his party leaders, adding to their legal woes since the ouster from power in April 2022.

Imran Khan, ousted through a vote of no-confidence in April 2022, faced imprisonment in the Toshakhana case, followed by the cipher case. Despite the suspension of his sentence by the Islamabad High Court, his arrest in the cipher case and subsequent legal entanglements have kept him confined. The arrest in the GHQ attack case marks another chapter in Khan’s ongoing legal challenges.

Relief for Nawaz

Pakistanis with working minds are venting their frustration on social media as they witness the legal system seemingly capitulating to the country’s power center. “Nawaz Laadla” is trending on Twitter, with users expressing outrage over the reversal of absconder Nawaz Sharif’s lifetime disqualification, accompanied by the NAB dropping all cases against him.

Following Imran Khan’s ouster in April 2022, number of corrupt individuals within the Sharif family have been receiving favorable treatment, potentially setting the stage for upcoming general elections. It’s crucial to highlight the concerted efforts of the power center in Pakistan to undermine PTI, evident in the deliberate internet disruption on Sunday aimed at impeding PTI’s virtual election campaign.