A Pakistani court has ordered former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s release on bail within two weeks, his lawyer said Friday, after the arrest sparked deadly unrest in the nuclear-armed nation.
The arrest, which was ruled “invalid and unlawful” by the Supreme Court a day earlier, sparked instability in the country of 220 million at a time of economic crisis, with record inflation, anemic growth and delayed IMF funding.
Khan arrived amid tight security at the Islamabad court on Friday as his supporters clashed with police elsewhere in the capital, broadcaster Geo TV reported.
“The court has granted two weeks’ bail,” Khan’s lawyer, Faisal Chaudhry, told reporters.
Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested for violence since Khan’s jailing on Tuesday and at least eight have been killed.