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Imran arrested, shifted to Attock jail from Lahore

ISLAMABAD: The trial court here on Saturday declared PTI Chairman Imran Khan guilty of “corrupt practices” in the Toshakhana case and sentenced him to three years in prison.

Imran arrested. Following the court order, the former prime minister was arrested by Punjab police from his Zaman Park house in Lahore. Later in the evening, he was shifted to the district jail of Attock. On May 9, Imran was also arrested from Islamabad, but was released three days later on the direction of the Supreme Court.

That arrest led to the vilence and arson attacks mostly in Punjab and KP provinces. In a pre-recorded video message, Imran Khan today asked his supporters to launch a peaceful protest against his arrest. However, there was no outpouring of support in the streets of Pakistan.

The court in Islamabad imposed a fine of Rs100,000 on the PTI chief, reported. The court also declared the former prime minister ineligible to hold public office for five years.

On Friday, the Islamabad High Court had directed the trial court to hear Imran’s application for maintainability of the criminal proceedings. 

During the hearing today, Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Humayun Dilawar ruled that charges against the former prime minister in the case were proven.

“Imran Khan deliberately submitted fake details to the Election Commission of Pakistan and is found guilty of corrupt practices,” he stated and sent the PTI chief to jail for three years under Section 174 of the Election Act.

ADSJ Dilawar also directed that a copy of the order should be sent to the Islamabad police chief for the execution of the court orders. 

The Toshakhana case

The case filed by ruling party lawmakers was based on a criminal complaint filed by the ECP.

The case alleges that Imran had “deliberately concealed” details of the gifts he retained from the Toshaskhana — a repository where presents handed to government officials from foreign officials are kept — during his time as the prime minister and proceeds from their reported sales.

According to Toshakhana rules, gifts/presents and other such materials received by persons to whom these rules apply shall be reported to the Cabinet Division.

Imran has faced a number of legal issues over his retention of gifts. The issue also led to his disqualification by the ECP.

On Oct 21, 2022, the ECP concluded that the former premier had indeed made “false statements and incorrect declarations” regarding the gifts.

The watchdog’s order had said Imran stood disqualified under Article 63(1)(p) of the Constitution.

Subsequently, the ECP had approached the Islamabad sessions court with a copy of the complaint, seeking proceedings against Imran under criminal law for allegedly misleading officials about the gifts he received from foreign dignitaries during his tenure as the prime minister.

On May 10, Imran was indicted in the case. However, on July 4, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had stayed the proceeding and directed ADSJ Dilawar to re-examine the matter in seven days, keeping in view eight legal questions he framed to decide the maintainability of the Toshakhana reference.

The questions had included whether the complaint was filed on behalf of the ECP by a duly authorised person, whether the ECP’s decision of Oct 21, 2022, was a valid authorisation to any officer of ECP to file a complaint, and whether the question of authorisation was a question of fact and evidence and could be ratified subsequently during the course of proceedings.

Finally, on July 9, ADSJ Dilawar while ruling that the reference was maintainable, revi­ved the stalled proceedings and summoned the witnesses for testimony.

Imran arrested.

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