February 18, 2024
Dozens Detained as Pakistan Police Disrupt Rally Supporting Jailed Ex-PM Imran Khan
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Dozens Detained as Pakistan Police Disrupt Rally Supporting Jailed Ex-PM Imran Khan

Dozens Detained as Pakistan Police Disrupt Rally Supporting Jailed Ex-PM Imran Khan

Dozens Detained as Pakistan Police Disrupt Rally Supporting Jailed Ex-PM Imran Khan

Pakistani police detained at least two dozen supporters of jailed former prime minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party in Karachi as they attempted to rally ahead of the upcoming elections. PTI faces numerous challenges, including rally bans, loss of its party symbol, and disqualification of candidates. The political environment has led rights groups to question the credibility of the upcoming elections, with concerns over military influence.

Nationwide PTI Rallies Despite Restrictions

Police Intervention in Karachi and Other Locations

Despite police withdrawing or denying permission for PTI rallies, supporters gathered in Karachi, where police detained about two dozen party members. Similar arrests were reported in Rawalpindi and other parts of Punjab. PTI officials urged nationwide rallies, emphasizing their commitment to mobilize despite restrictions, highlighting the ongoing challenges faced by the party.

Media Scrutiny and Censorship Amid Election Dynamics

Journalists Summoned; Censorship Concerns Rise

Journalists, commentators, and bloggers in Pakistan reported being summoned by the Federal Investigation Agency, facing charges related to a “malicious campaign” against Supreme Court judges. This development adds to concerns about increasing censorship in Pakistan, with media groups facing pressure. The government formed a team to investigate a social media campaign against judges, highlighting a broader context of scrutiny and restrictions in the lead-up to the elections.

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