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Pakistan interior minister announces 33 pro-Khan protesters will be tried in military court

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Pakistan Inside Minister Rana Sanaullah introduced on Friday the arrest of 33 former Prime Minister Imran Khan supporters who had been concerned in protests in opposition to Khan’s Might 9 arrest. Sanaullah stated in a press convention that the protesters have been handed over to the Pakistani Military and can face trial in navy courtroom. The minister claims the 33 arrested had been all concerned in crimes in opposition to military officers, reminiscent of ‘attacking military installations.’ He additionally confirmed that there have been 3946 arrests in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

The arrests are all in regard to the violent protest that broke out on Might 9. Many Khan supporters have turned in opposition to the navy since Khan’s arrest. There have been courthouse raids, navy base break-ins and arson in opposition to navy officers’ houses.

Regardless of the allegations, Imran Khan has condemned the violence and insisted the assaults on official buildings had been a ‘deliberate assault by the present authorities.’

This crackdown on opposition supporters by the federal government has been ongoing since its preliminary attempted arrest of Khan in March. Since then there have been claims the federal government is liable for a media crackdown, evidenced by the disappearance of two Pakistani journalists.

The Committee to Defend Journalists (CPJ) reported that Pakistani journalists overlaying the fallout of Khan’s arrest and release have been topic to arrests, assaults and surveillance.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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