Pakistani police have arrested retired army general Amjad Shoaib, who is reportedly a supporter of Imran Khan. The charges against Shoaib include inciting the public and government employees against national institutions. According to Associated Press, the arrest comes as part of a campaign by supporters of Khan called “fill the jail cells”, which aims to pressure the government into holding early elections.
The charges against Shoaib allege he was part of a “planned conspiracy” to weaken the country. Khan has been seeking early elections since his expulsion in April 2022, which he says is part of a conspiracy between Washington and Shahbaz Sharif. Washington and Sharif have denied Khan’s claims. Sharif has additionally rejected calls for early elections, saying the vote will be held as planned later this year.
Khan’s supporters have been protesting his ouster and encouraging police to arrest them in the “fill the jail cells” campaign. Khan himself has been vocal in his criticism of the government, accusing them of rigging the April 2022 election and of being part of a Washington-Shahbaz Sharif conspiracy against him. He has also called for a national referendum on the issue of early elections.