Pakistani high court delays Imran Khan arrest until Friday


Police in Pakistan have been ordered by a judge to delay the arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan until Friday, his aide has said.

Lahore’s High Court asked authorities to sit with Mr Khan and leaders from his party to “resolve these issues through mutual consultation”, said former information and law minister Fawad Chaudry, who is also a close adviser to Mr Khan.

It follows a similar suspension on Wednesday evening after police clashed with Mr Khan’s supporters.

Police said security forces were withdrawn to accommodate cricket’s Pakistan Super League, the country’s top sporting event, at a stadium a few kilometres away.

Mr Khan’s arrest was ordered after he failed to attend court hearings related to corruption charges filed against him.

Judge Zafar Iqbal has said he is willing to order an end to the police operation if Mr Khan surrenders himself in court.

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