Pakistan's law and justice minister Azam Nazeer Tarar defends his government's decision to use an anti-terrorism law and military courts to try some civilians who were involved in protests last month.
Political humor in Pakistan has evolved over the years to evade censorship and other restrictions. After ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan's arrest in May, the internet exploded with memes and jokes.
The security forces' action came after authorities demanded that Khan hand over dozens of protesters believed to have been among those who smashed and set fire to army installations last week.
A Pakistani court has granted former Prime Minister Imran Khan bail in multiple cases against him, allowing for his release following his dramatic arrest earlier this week.
Khan's arrest Tuesday set off skirmishes between his supporters and police in several cities that left at least six people dead, and his continued detention raises the prospect of more unrest.
Paramilitary forces arrested Khan at a court in Islamabad, where he was facing corruption charges. The arrest has triggered rare pushback against the military, the country's most powerful institution.
As a deeply polarized Pakistan confronts political and economic crises, Imran Khan, the embattled former prime minister, speaks with NPR from his home in Lahore.
Police were trying to arrest Pakistan's former prime minister over corruption charges but his supporters fought back, and a court eventually ordered the arrest be postponed until Thursday morning.
From his home in Lahore, Khan told NPR's Steve Inskeep why he's calling for early elections, as well as why he rejects his removal from power in April via a vote of no confidence.
Imran Khan, who claims he was ousted in a conspiracy involving the U.S., was injured when a gunman opened fire on his convoy in Punjab province. One of his supporters was killed and nine others hurt.
Khan was disqualified after an election panel found he unlawfully sold state gifts and concealed assets as premier, officials said. He was ousted in a no-confidence vote in the parliament in April.
The county's Supreme Court said a move by Prime Minister Imran Khan to dissolve parliament rather than face a no-confidence vote was unconstitutional. What happens next isn't entirely clear.
Amid a series of missteps, the cricket star-turned-politician faces a no confidence vote after the country's all-powerful generals signaled that they would no longer back him.