Turbulence in the Pakistani Nuclear Horn: Daniel 8

Turbulence in Pakistan

The Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, was arrested on 09 May 2023 in an alleged land transfer case involving realtor Malik Riaz. He was accused of corrupt practices and was handed over to National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The Pakistan Rangers, who work under the Interior Ministry officers usually posted from the military establishment on secondment, broke open the glass of the window pan and arrested Imran Khan, who was undergoing a biometric process at the court. It is alleged that they beat the security staff and lawyers of Imran Khan. After this incident, massive protests broke out in numerous areas of Pakistan. For the first time, the protestors smashed the main gate of Pakistan Army headquarters at Rawalpindi, raising voices against the establishment. The caretaker government ordered the Pakistan Rangers to control Pakistan’s law and order situation, and section 144 has been invoked. Imran Khan’s arrest came after he alleged an Inter-Service Intelligence(ISI) officer. The Pakistan Army rejected these allegations terming them as highly irresponsible and baseless. It is pertinent to mention that Imran Khan has been facing various allegations of corrupt practices since he was ousted from power in April 2023, when he lost the vote of confidence.

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