A Pakistani court ordered former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s release on bail for two weeks, his lawyer said on Friday, following an arrest that sparked deadly unrest in the nuclear-armed nation.
The arrest, ruled “invalid and unlawful” by the Supreme Court a day earlier, fuelled instability in the nation of 220 million at a time of economic crisis, with record inflation, anaemic growth and delayed IMF funding.
Khan arrived amid tight security at the court in Islamabad on Friday as his supporters clashed with police elsewhere in the capital, broadcaster Geo TV reported.
“The court has given a two-week bail,” Khan’s lawyer, Faisal Chaudhry, told reporters.
Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested for violence since Khan’s detention on Tuesday and at least eight have been killed.
This story originally appeared on France24