A senior politician and former federal minister belonging to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has been arrested on sedition charges, deepening a political crisis in the country.

Fawad Chaudhry, vice president of the PTI, was arrested on Wednesday morning for allegedly inciting violence against officials of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

PTI, led by former Prime Minister Imran Khan, has been criticising the election body since the appointment of media tycoon Mohsin Naqvi as interim chief minister

Earlier this month, Khan, whose PTI-led coalition was in power in Punjab, ordered the dissolution of the provincial legislature.

Four days later, the assembly in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was also dissolved by the party.

The dissolution of the assemblies was part of Khan’s bid to force early general elections in Pakistan,

a demand he has been making since April last year when he was removed from power after losing a parliamentary vote of confidence.