Imran Khan’s arrest has caused global outrage. Protests have erupted in the US, UK, and Canada against the arrest of PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In response to his arrest, supporters of Imran Khan and PTI have taken to the streets in major streets across the world. In Washington, DC, a large crowd gathered outside the Pakistan Embassy, chanting slogans and holding signs condemning the arrest.
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Similar protests were seen in New York, Manchester, Chicago, London and Toronto where protestors called for the immediate release of Imran Khan.
Tuesday, Imran Khan was arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case. The PTI Chief was taken into custody by Rangers personnel, who were acting on the NAB’s warrant from the premises of Islamabad High Court where the former premier had gone to seek bail in multiple cases registered against him.
Following Imran Khan’s arrest, chaos erupted in Pakistan as the public heavily protested the arrest, with reports of violence and clashes between police and the protestors.
The international community has been closely monitoring the situation in Pakistan with several countries issues statements on Imran Khan’s arrest. The European Union emphasized on the exhibition of ‘restrain and cool headedness’.
The news of Imran Khan’s arrest was also among the top news in the international media. Media outlets around the world highlighted the potential consequences of Imran Khan’s arrest, painting a picture of escalating tensions between Khan and the civil-military leadership, as well as the implications for Pakistan’s political landscape and international relationships.
Meanwhile, tensions remained high in Pakistan. The president of the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation Kashif Mirza said in a statement that the educational institutions will remain closed across the country on Wednesday (today) citing emergency situation.
Furthermore, the authorities also restricted access to Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms amid mounting violence in the country generated by the arrest of Imran Khan. Additionally, total internet shutdowns have been observed in some regions.