Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Imran Khan arrested at student protest rally

Imran Khan is surrounded by media and students at the University of Punjab in Lahore

(Reuters)

Imran Khan, moments before Islamist students bundled him into a van and handed the politician over to police

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Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricketer turned politician, was arrested today when he came out of hiding to launch a student protest movement against emergency rule.

Mr Khan, the leader of a small opposition party, was greeted with cheers and hoisted into the air by several hundred student supporters when he arrived, alone, on the leafy suburban campus of the University of the Punjab in Lahore to try to encourage student activists to join the movement to bring down President Pervez Musharraf.

But his secular supporters were soon outnumbered by Islamist protesters from the student wing of the Jamaat-i-Islami party, who bundled him into the nearby Centre for High Energy Physics, held him incommunicado for an hour, then drove him off campus in a van and handed him over to police at the university gates.

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