Imran Khan’s arrest brings Pakistan closer to the edge
- His supporters are willing to take their fight to the army
Imran Khan was expecting an uneventful day in court when he travelled from Lahore to Islamabad to appear before the Islamabad High Court on May 9th. It was not to be. Thirteen months after he was ousted as prime minister in a vote of no confidence, Mr Khan was bundled off the court’s premises and into an armoured car by paramilitary personnel and deposited in the custody of the country’s anti-corruption authorities. Rather than contest early elections, which he has been demanding for months, the mercurial populist may have to watch general elections scheduled for later this year unfold from a jail cell—provided they are held at all.