As turmoil grasps Pakistan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, close Assistant to Imran Khan is detained
Shah Mehmood Qureshi allegedly underwent an “undisclosed location” after being detained early on Thursday, according to Imran Khan’s party.
Pakistan Government detained Shah Mehmood Qureshi
Shah Mehmood Qureshi, a former foreign minister of Pakistan and close aide to ousted prime minister Imran Khan, was detained by police on Thursday amid escalating political unrest that has claimed the lives of at least eight people and prompted the army’s deployment in the nation’s capital and three provinces.
Qureshi was taken to an “undisclosed location”
In a video posted on Twitter by Qureshi’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, he can be seen being taken away by a group of men in plain clothes while waving to party members as they wait for him.
According to the PTI, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, age 66, was detained by Islamabad police early on Thursday and taken to an “undisclosed location.”
NAB arrested Pakistan’s former prime minister
He was arrested two days after Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and a former prime minister, was taken into custody by paramilitary forces on the orders of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials who stormed into an Islamabad High Court chamber on Tuesday.
The former prime minister, 70, was handed an eight-day physical remand to the anti-corruption watchdog by a corruption court on Wednesday.
Violence broke out against Imran Khan’s arrest
At least eight people have died and nearly 300 have been hurt in clashes between protesters and law enforcement as a result of Imran Khan’s dramatic arrest on Tuesday. As a result, the government sent the army into the country’s capital, Islamabad, as well as the provinces of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan on Wednesday to maintain law and order.
Shahbaz Sharif lashed out at Imran Khan’s PTI
Shahbaz Sharif, the prime minister, lashed out at Imran Khan’s PTI in a speech to the nation on Wednesday, criticizing it for the unrest that erupted following Imran Khan’s arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case. He promised to take strict action against “state’s enemies” and promised to punish all offenders.
Pakistan PM’s statement
The prime minister warned PTI protesters “that they would face legal repercussions” and demanded that they immediately stop engaging in “anti-state activities.”
“I’ve never witnessed such horrific events before. Nobody’s conspiring will be tolerated. We won’t permit their evil plan to be carried out,” he declared.
His speech came after he presided over a Cabinet meeting where it was decided to send the army to the provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as the capital, Islamabad.
According to reports, Peshawar and Lahore experienced the worst conditions due to incidents of arson and shootings.