Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ruled former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s arrest illegal and ordered his release.
The order comes two days after Khan’s arrest sparked nationwide violence that left at least eight dead and dozens injured.
Hundreds more have been arrested as supporters of the former prime minister, who is also a cricketing hero in the country, were implicated in the disorder.
Khan has faced multiple corruption charges in Pakistani courts since being ousted as prime minister in a no-confidence vote last year.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial has asked Mr Khan to appeal to his supporters to remain peaceful as the country faces growing unrest.
Supporters of the former leader were seen dancing near the courthouse to celebrate the order for his release.
Referring to the violent protests, Mr Khan said he had “no idea” what happened in the country following his arrest, reports ARY News in the country.
The former prime minister also told the court that he was ‘removed from the High Court in Islamabad’ and ‘beaten with sticks’.
Mr Khan had been dragged from a courtroom in Islamabad where he appeared on Tuesday to face corruption charges.