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Scores of Imran Khan’s Supporters Arrested in Pakistan

  • More than 2,100 party workers were recently detained
  • Arrests show government fears Khan’s popularity: analyst
Supporters gather around a vehicle carrying Imran Khan in Lahore, Pakistan, on March 21.

Supporters gather around a vehicle carrying Imran Khan in Lahore, Pakistan, on March 21.

Photographer: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of supporters of Imran Khan, Pakistan’s former prime minister, were arrested by security officials in recent weeks, escalating political tension ahead of national elections this year.

The police have detained more than 2,100 party workers, according to Fawad Chaudhry, Khan’s aide. He said the whereabouts of many are unknown. Senior leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, the party Khan founded, planned protests in several cities on Friday.