16 face military trial for violence after Imran Khan's arrest

Friday, 26 May 2023

LAHORE, May 25 (Reuters): A Pakistani court in the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday handed 16 civilians over to the military for trial over their suspected involvement in violent protests following the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan this month.
The military said after the violence that the suspects would be tried in military courts, used primarily to try enemies of the state.
Khan was arrested on May 9. Two days later, the Supreme Court ruled that the arrest was unlawful.
The protests following Khan's arrest by the anti-graft agency included people storming military installations, including the house of a top general in Lahore, which was set ablaze.
Thousands of people, mostly supporters of former cricket hero Khan, have been rounded up since.
One of the 16 suspects is a member of Khan's political party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and had been chosen by Khan to run in the next provincial elections.