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Police besiege former Pakistani PM’s home looking for protesters

Police officers patrol around the residence of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday. Associated Press/Photo by K.M. Chaudary

Police besiege former Pakistani PM’s home looking for protesters

Pakistani authorities said former Prime Minister Imran Khan had until Thursday to hand over about 40 people they believe he is sheltering who were involved in violent protests. The police surrounded his home on Wednesday. Khan said he would give authorities access to search his home, but not without a search warrant. The people he’s accused of hiding were part of protests against graft charges levied against Khan. At least 10 people died in the protests last week, and authorities detained more than 4,000 people.

What will authorities do with the protesters? Pakistani authorities said they would prosecute anyone involved in the protests in military courts. Trials in military courts in Pakistan are typically held behind closed doors. In a speech to his troops, Army Chief Gen. Asim Munir said protests like those should never be allowed again “at any cost.”

Dig deeper: Read Onize Ohikere’s report in World Tour on countries with the worst religious persecution and where Pakistan falls.

Mary Muncy

Mary Muncy is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. She graduated from World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.

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