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Imran Khan-Murad Saeed is a never-ending saga in Pakistan. It began with a 2018 book

Pakistan's federal minister Murad Saeed has decided to sue Imran Khan's former wife for alleging a relationship between Khan and Saeed in her book.

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New Delhi: The Mohsin Baig-Murad Saeed-Imran Khan saga seems to be a never-ending one in Pakistan. It’s a story of friendship, betrayal and sensational rumours. One, which all goes all the way back to a 2018 book written by Pakistan Prime Minister’s former wife, where she alleges that Khan was gay and shared a relationship with Saeed.

Pakistan Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)’s Cybercrime Wing and the Islamabad Police on Wednesday, arrested Baig, a journalist and former aide of Imran Khan during his opposition days-turned foe, in a raid for making ‘indecent remarks’ about the prime minister and federal minister Murad Saeed.

When questioned about Khan’s ‘favouritism’ towards Saeed in a TV debate, Baig is said to have answered with a reference to the book by the prime ministers’ former wife, Reham Khan, where she claimed both politicians shared a romantic relationship.

Federal minister Saeed, in addition to filing the complaint that led to Baig’s arrest, decided to sue Reham Khan for the book she wrote three years ago. Meanwhile, the Imran Khan-led government recently deferred a complaint against an additional session judge in Islamabad for “going beyond his mandate” in declaring the raid at Baig’s house ‘illegal’ and telling the Islamabad inspector general of police (IGP) to take action against the station house officer of Margalla police.

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Baig’s message to Imran Khan

What began as a raid at Baig’s residence quickly turned into a hostile situation. Videos have emerged of Baig assaulting and holding hostage an alleged FIA official and firing a gun at others. He was booked under various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and Anti Terrorist Act (ATA).

In custody, with handcuffs on, Baig also had a message for Imran Khan: “My message to Imran Khan is that his days of disgrace are soon to come.” (uske zillat ke din aane vaale hain)

Since his arrest, there’ve also been reports of Baig being tortured in police custody. The Islamabad High court on Friday directed the IGP to probe the matter and submit a report on it, according to Dawn.

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‘Terrorist’ or ‘Journalist’?

Baig’s arrest has clearly garnered many responses. While former PM Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and former president Asif Ali Zardari, have all condemned Baig’s arrest and demanded his immediate release, many have called out Baig for his behaviour, calling him a ‘terrorist’ and not a journalist.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz vice president Maryam Nawaz criticised Imran Khan for Baig’s arrest and tweeted that he was not “a creature descended from the sky” to raid citizens’ houses and “put them behind bars”. Leader of the Opposition, Shehbaz Sharif, also tweeted, saying that the arrest shows “how panicked the regime is”.

Meanwhile, Pakistani reporter Ahmad Noorani went on to call Baig an ‘ISI agent’, as another journalist said that Baig’s case certainly was “not a case of press freedom in Pakistan.”

In 2018 in her book, Reham Khan — Imran Khan’s former wife — had said he was gay and had relationships with Pakistani actor Hamza Ali Abbasi and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf worker and now minister Murad Saeed. At the time, Saeed had denied such reports but did not pursue any legal action.

“I have nothing to say about Reham Khan’s allegations and whatever filth the woman’s written about me or anyone. It’s shameful beyond words. It’s pretty obvious whose hands she’s playing in, the woman and her aides have totally lost the plot”, he had tweeted at the time.

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