A day after being detained by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from the Islamabad High Court grounds in connection with the Al Qadir Trust investigation, the previous prime minister and PTI leader Imran Khan arrived at the Islamabad Police Lines, which has been granted the title of a court venue as a “one-time dispensation”.
The Islamabad commissioner’s department filed a late-night notice announcing the ex-prime minister’s appearance in two cases at the location, where reports claim he is being held.
The most recent of the cases involve the Toshakhana, where Imran is still facing charges. The disciplinary judge will hear another case, which concerns the Al Qadir Trust.
The NAB filed a warrant for arrest charging the PTI chairman with embezzlement and engaging in corrupt behaviour in violation of Section 9(a) of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, and he was taken into custody on Tuesday before the Islamabad High Court.
The responsibility watchdog claims that Imran and his wife bought land valued at hundreds of kanals and billions of rupees from Bahria Town Ltd in exchange for allowing Rs50 billion that the UK had discovered and restored to Pakistan under the prior PTI administration.
The turn of events followed the military’s denial of Imran’s claims regarding DG-C Maj Gen Faisal Naseer and his reiteration of them.
The turn of events followed the military’s denial of Imran’s claims against DG-C Maj Gen Faisal Naseer and his reiteration of them.
After Imran was taken into prison, a NAB source reportedly informed that they will try to retain him in arrest for a minimum of four to five days.
A reporter observed tight security precautions near the police lines office prior to today’s NAB hearing, and neighbouring roads have been shut off by putting containers there.
Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha of the PML-N said that the PTI chief’s imprisonment took place after fulfilling every legal procedure when he was in attendance at the police lines office.
In addition, the Islamabad Police stated through Twitter that prior to the hearing, rigorous surveillance will be in place and that just authorised people would be admitted into the court.
The police added that due to the risks of terrorism, armed protection was maintained on high alert.
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