Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested from outside the Islamabad High Court by Rangers on Tuesday, Pakistan media reported.
Khan, the Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was taken into custody from a court premises in Islamabad in a corruption case, according to reports.
Officials from Khan’s party have yet to confirm his arrest.
Khan’s arrest comes a day after the Pakistan Army slammed the former PM for ‘highly irresponsible and baseless’ allegations by him against a serving ISI officer without any evidence.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the military, said Khan’s ‘fabricated and malicious allegations are extremely unfortunate, deplorable and unacceptable,’ in a statement.
‘This has been a consistent pattern for last one year wherein military and intelligence agencies officials are targeted with insinuations and sensational propaganda for the furtherance of political objectives,’ it said.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also condemned Khan’s comments for ‘maligning and threatening’ the army and intelligence agencies.
The ISPR’s statement and arrest comes two days after the 70-year-old former cricketer-turned-politician accused top ISI officer General Faisal Naseer of orchestrating plans to murder him.
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