Pakistan's former PM Khan detained after riots sparked by arrest

Pakistan government called in army as five people died in violence

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As protests erupted in the streets, a Pakistani court remanded 70-year-old Khan to the custody of Pakistan’s anti-corruption body, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), for eight days, government advisor Attaullah Tarar said.

The former international cricket star is now being kept at a police guesthouse in Islamabad.

Another court on Wednesday indicted Khan for selling government gifts during his four years in power, a day after his arrest in an unrelated fraud case.

The indictment followed a ruling by the Election Commission of Pakistan in October that found Khan guilty of illegally selling state gifts between 2018 and 2022, and consequently barred him from holding public office until the next election in November . He has denied any wrongdoing.

Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha, a legislator from the ruling coalition who was a litigant in the case against Khan over state gifts, accused him of “putting the country’s peace at stake”.

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