Pakistan arrests hundreds as Imran Khan charged with corruption
May 10, 2023 - Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan has pleaded not guilty to corruption charges a day after his arrest sparked violent protests around the country.
Nearly 1,000 people have been arrested, police say, and eight people have died nationwide in the protests.
Tuesday’s arrest of the former cricket hero, and Pakistan’s most popular politician according to opinion polls, came at a precarious time for the country that is facing a shortage of foreign exchange and a months-long delay of an IMF bailout.
His arrest came a day after the powerful military rebuked him for repeatedly accusing a senior military officer of trying to engineer his assassination and the former armed forces chief of being behind his removal from power last year.