Pakistani police arrest hundreds of members of Imran Khan’s party

Pakistani police arrested hundreds of supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday night. in sight of a massive demonstration planned by his party in Islamabad, according to police sources.

Imran Khan was ousted on April 10 by a no-confidence memorandum. His “Pakistani Movement for Justice” party has since tried to rally the streets to increase pressure on the fragile coalition government and get a call for early legislative elections.

“More than 200 supporters of the movement in Punjab were arrested … We broke into homes and arrested many, “a police officer from Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab, told AFP. in condition of anonymity. Another police officer confirmed the information, even refusing to reveal his name, explaining that these people were arrested on suspicion of disturbing public security and are still under arrest.

Fuad Chaudhry, former information minister in the Tehreek-e-Insaf government, accused the police of carrying out unauthorized raids and arresting more than 400 people. Police have not officially commented on this information.

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The government of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif accused Imran Khan of trying to wreak “chaos” in the country. Khan had planned to organize a long march on Wednesday that should attract tens of thousands of people between Peshawar (Northwest), the capital of the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, led by the Tehreek-e-Insaf Movement, and the capital, Islamabad. Through this, he wants to force the government to swiftly call elections that are expected to take place before the scheduled date of October 2023.

Imran Khan, ex star of the cricket, was elected in 2018 after exposing the corruption of elites led by Sharif or the Pakistani People’s Party of the Bhutto family, two rival parties that have dominated national politics for decades. But the country’s exhausted economy with growth that has remained non-existent for the past three years, high inflation, a weak national currency and an increase in debt, are all factors that have cost him his position, allowing these two parties to return to power within a coalition government