Imran Khan’s arrest: UN chief urges Pakistan to respect due process, rule of law


ISLAMABAD – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres responded to the detention of former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan as he called on authorities to respect due process.

In a statement, Guterres asked Islamabad to respect due process in the case against the PTI chief, urging all political parties to avoid violence.

His spokesperson said the revered diplomat has taken note of ongoing protests following the arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan, while he stressed the need to respect the right to peaceful assembly.

Earlier, Washington called for respect for democratic principles and the rule of law in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s former PM, who is known for populist politics, has been arrested in the Toshakhana case over the weekend. The trial court issued an arrest warrant for the PTI chairman after sentencing him to three years in prison.

Judge said graft charges against the former prime minister were proven, as the senior politician submitted bogus details to the electoral authority.

His arrest is likely to further deepen ongoing political turmoil as the opposition deplored politically motivated cases against cricketer-turned-politician.

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