Former Pakistan prime minister, Imran Khan, was arrested on Tuesday for multiple pending corruption cases during a court appearance in the capital.
Khan arrest follows after the powerful military rebuked the former international cricketer for alleging a senior officer had been involved in a plot to kill him.
Officials from Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party urged supporters to take to the streets after his arrest, but police warned that an order prohibiting gatherings of more than four people would be strictly enforced.
PTI supporters were reported to be gathering and blocking roads in cities across the country, including the capital Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar.
The official Islamabad police Twitter account said, "Imran Khan has been arrested in the Qadir Trust case."
Video broadcast on local TV channels showed Khan who has a pronounced limp since being shot during an assassination attempt last year being manhandled by dozen of paramilitary rangers into an armoured car inside the Islamabad High Court premises.
PTI lawyer, Ali Bukhari told AFP, "As we reached court's biometric room to mark the attendance, dozens of rangers attacked us. They beat him and dragged him out."
It was not immediately clear where he was taken to.
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