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More than 33 pro-Imran Khan protesters to be prosecuted in military court

Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan throw stones at police during a protest against Khan’s arrest, in Peshawar, Pakistan May 10, 2023. File photo – Reuters

Pakistani civil authorities have handed over 33 suspects to be tried by military courts following attacks on army facilities during violent protests in support of former prime minister Imran Khan, the minister said on Friday. inside.

Protests erupted across Pakistan following the arrest of PTI leader Imran Khan on May 9. Although he was later released on bail on numerous charges, including corruption, his confrontation with the country’s powerful generals escalated.

Protesters stormed military installations, including the house of a senior general in Lahore, which was set on fire. Thousands of people, mostly Khan supporters, have since been arrested.

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“The defendants who are handed over to the military are those who broke into and entered very sensitive defense installations,” Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters.

Military courts are closed to foreigners and no media is allowed. Rights groups have criticized the secretive nature of the process.

Political unrest has deepened as Pakistan faces its worst economic crisis in decades. Inflation is at record highs, economic growth is anemic and there are fears that the country will fail to repay its external debts unless the International Monetary Fund releases deferred disbursements.

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