In this context, the diplomatic passports of 10 former ministers, including former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi and former Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, were cancelled.
The politicians in question were cabinet members from July 2018 to April 2022, when the Imran Khan government was in office.
Under Pakistani law, members of the Council of Ministers are required to surrender their passports within 30 days after their term of office expires.
It is unclear whether the ministers in question surrendered their passports after the fall of the Han government in April 2022, or why their passports were revoked 13 months after leaving office.
However, it is evaluated that the government took such a step after the discussions between Imran Khan and the government.
Dozens of politicians from the PTI, including Imran Khan, were banned from leaving the country on May 25.
Khan’s arrest and protests
At least 10 people were killed in the protests that started after the arrest of former Prime Minister Khan on 9 May due to the case in which he was accused of corruption in Pakistan.
Many private and public properties were damaged during the demonstrations, and police vehicles were set on fire. Military institutions in different cities, including the General Staff in Rawalpindi, were also targeted during the protests.
The Constitutional Court stated that Han’s arrest on 11 May was illegal and ordered his release as soon as possible. Han was released on bail on 12 May.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Rana Sanaullah, said in a statement on May 26 that 33 civilians were handed over to the armed forces to be tried in military courts for alleged involvement in violence in the demonstrations that started after Khan’s arrest.