Massive Protests Take Place in Pakistan After Imran Khan’s Arrest; Followers Storm Army Headquarters

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Protest in front of Army HQ

Alongside Islamabad, protests began in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Karachi, Multan, Faisalabad, Mardan, and Peshawar.

In an act of defiance against Imran Khan’s detention, supporters of the previous prime minister have broken into the Lahore complex of the place of residence of the army commanders. They were also seen attacking the army HQ in Rawalpindi, which was captured on camera by the media.

The building that houses Radio Pakistan has also been destroyed by a fire in Peshawar. The former cricketer became a politician, who is now 70 years old, was detained earlier today when he attempted to enter the High Court of Islamabad for an appearance in connection with a matter.

Shortly after Imran Khan was taken into custody, followers of his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), staged demonstrations around the country. All around Islamabad, prohibitive orders have been issued that forbid assemblies of significant size. “Section 144 remains in force and punishment will be implemented in this instance of violation,” the police of Islamabad stated.

Alongside Islamabad, protests erupted in Mardan, Peshawar, Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Karachi, Lahore, and Rawalpindi, stated Geo News.

Imran Khan’s fans in Rawalpindi destroyed the primary gate that leads to the army’s huge headquarters and screamed slogans denouncing the establishment during the demonstration. The soldiers, on the other hand, showed self-control.

Following an uprising in the Cantonment region of Lahore, a huge number of PTI activists broke into the mansion of the Army Commander and shattered the gate with window glass before fleeing the scene.

Army officers did not make an effort to halt the angry demonstrators, who encircled them and shouted slogans regarding the “handlers” of the Pakistan Muslim League Noon-led administration in the armed forces. The protesters were angry at the military institution for being headed by the PML-N.

Protesters and police officers engaged in violent confrontations in Karachi as well as Rawalpindi, with the latter reportedly using teargas shells to bring the crowd under control. Videos taken at the scene showed the protesters yelling various anti-Pakistani slogans and demanding the release of Imran Khan.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) invited its followers on Twitter to participate in the protest, writing that “this represents a now or never chance.”

After Mr. Khan was accused of making false accusations regarding an upper-ranking member of the espionage agency known as Inter-Services Intelligence, he was taken into custody just one day after the army made the accusations.

Mr. Khan has leveled allegations of complicity against the most senior official in the ISI, Major-General Faisal Naseer, in the attempt to kill him that took place in Wazirabad.

In addition to this, he asserted that Major Naseer was complicit in the killing of veteran reporter Arshad Sharif.

In the midst of the claims and the response from the army, there have been doubts raised over whether or not Mr. Khan’s spectacular arrest could be solely related to the charges that have been brought against him.

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