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Former PM Imran Khan's arrest sets Pakistan on edge

Popular ex-cricketer detained on corruption allegations

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been arrested.   © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's most popular opposition leader and former Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested by paramilitary forces on Tuesday outside an Islamabad court over corruption allegations, a move critics say will plunge the country into deeper crisis.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah told media that an arrest warrant for Khan was issued on May 1 by the National Accountability Bureau for corruption charges. "Khan did not cooperate with the bureau and hence he was arrested today," said Sanaullah.

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