Nearly 1,000 supporters of Pakistan’s former PM Imran Khan arrested in Punjab

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Nearly 1,000 people have been arrested in Pakistan’s Punjab, the country’s most populous province, since protests erupted after the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, police said Wednesday.

“Police teams arrested 945 law breakers and miscreants from across the province,” officials said in a statement to media, adding 130 officers and officials were injured in the violence that broke out after Khan’s arrest on Tuesday.

Later on Wednesday, Pakistan’s government gave the go for soldiers to be deployed in Punjab province following riots sparked by the arrest of Khan, according to an official order from the interior ministry.

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The order said the date and duration of the deployment, which was requested by the Punjab provincial government, had yet to be finalized, as well as the number of troops involved.

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