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Sources: Imran Khan released

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  • Pakistani opposition party leader Imran Khan released, police sources claim
  • Former cricketer was seized by police last Wednesday at a student rally
  • Khan vows to remain on hunger strike until Supreme Court justices reinstated
  • Pres. Musharraf set to quit as army chief before taking oath for third term of office
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LAHORE, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistan police Wednesday released jailed Pakistani opposition party leader Imran Khan, who had been on a hunger strike, police sources said.

Khan, a former Pakistani cricket star, had previously said he would continue his hunger strike until the Supreme Court justices fired by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf are reinstated.

Khan was seized by police last Wednesday after surfacing at a student rally at the University of Punjab in Lahore, police said.

He was facing anti-terrorism charges.

Khan had been on the run after escaping from house arrest days after the November 3 emergency order was imposed. Video Watch a report on Khan's arrest »

He was released Wednesday from the Dera Ghazi Khan city jail in Punjab province, police sources said.

Khan heads the Movement for Justice party, which campaigns for an independent judiciary in Pakistan. He has been an outspoken critic of Musharraf's removal of nearly all of the Supreme Court justices shortly after declaring a state of emergency on November 3.


Musharraf replaced the court with his allies, and the new court is expected to clear the final hurdle for his reelection victory on Thursday. That will pave the way for Musharraf to take the oath of office for a third five-year term as president.

He has said he will step down as Pakistan's military chief before taking that oath. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

CNN's Mohsin Naqvi contributed to this report

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