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Pakistan

IHC terms PTI chief Imran Khan’s arrest legal

  • Court had earlier reserved its verdict in the case
Published May 9, 2023

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has termed the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan legal. The former prime minister was earlier arrested on Tuesday in the Al-Qadir Trust Case by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) outside the IHC, a massive political development that triggered protests across the country.

PTI workers, who had gathered with the party chief as he made a court appearance, were reportedly injured after a ruckus with law-enforcement personnel over the arrest.

Footage showed Imran being taken away in a vehicle, leaving behind the wheelchair he used since being shot in the leg last year.

In a tweet following the development, PTI’s official Twitter account stated that “rangers abducted PTI Chairman Imran Khan, these are the visuals. Pakistan’s brave people must come out and defend their country”.

Separately, it also said “they have badly pushed injured Imran Khan. Pakistan’s people, this is the time to save your country. You won’t get any other opportunity”.

In another tweet, it said: “‘this is how they’re treating Pakistan’s national leader inside the court premises. Unbelievable and disgusting”.

Speaking to Aaj News, PTI leader and party vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the arrest was a part of “the London plan”, a reference to Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo.

No amount of condemnation is enough for this, Qureshi added.

The arrest outside IHC

A witness said shortly after Imran entered the gate of the IHC, contingents of paramilitary forces and armoured personnel carriers entered after him, Reuters reported.

The gate was blocked by the armoured vehicles while Imran was whisked away shortly after under heavy security, the witness added.

‘People should come out on streets’

As tempers flared, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry asked people to come out on streets in support of Imran.

“People should come out of their homes, Islamabad High Court has been attacked, Imran Khan’s arrest is equivalent to shutting down the judiciary,” he said.

Separately, he said the IHC has been occupied by Rangers and “lawyers are being subjected to torture, Imran Khan’s car has been surrounded”.

He also said that “Imran has been abducted from Court premises, scores of lawyers and general people have been tortured, Imran Khan has been whisked away by unknown people to an unknown location”.

In a tweet, he said that IHC chief justice has ordered interior secretary and IG police to appear within 15 minutes in court.

PTI leader Hammad Azhar said in a video message that “reportedly, police is torturing Imran Khan. Imran is our red line”.

“Imran Khan is innocent and he has done nothing wrong. He hasn’t laundered money and he did not leave country.

“I request the public to fill the streets else this country will go into the hands of these robbers.”

In another post tweeted by PTI’s official account, the party told workers that “if you don’t come out to save your country today, then the scene we are seeing right now will continue till years to come.”

“Our dear Pakistan, its a never before opportunity for you, take it.”

As per PTI’s official Twitter handle, Imran’s lawyer got injured inside the premises of IHC.

“Black day for our democracy and country,” it said.

6-member committee to announce plan of action

PTI leader Asad Umar said in a tweet that “Pakistan’s biggest political leader arrested after attacking High Court”.

“The whole world is being shown that there is no law left in the country. A 6-member committee headed by Shah Mehmood Qureshi, which was formed by Imran Khan, will announce the plan of action.”

“Law enforcement torturing Imran”

In a tweet, PTI leader Musarrat Jamshed Cheema said “law enforcement is torturing Imran Khan right now they are beating Khan sahib. They have done something with Khan sahib.”

PTI leader Shafqat Mahmood condemned Imran’s arrest in a tweet

“He was also manhandled and mistreated. This is height of fascism and totally unacceptable. Rule of law in the country is over.”

Imran arrested for damaging national treasury

In a tweet, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said “Imran did not appear despite the notices, NAB has arrested him for damaging the national treasury. No violence was done to them.”

In a press conference later during the day, Rana Sanaullah asked the public to refrain from creating roadblocks and unrest to protest against Imran’s arrest.

He stated that no one has the right to block roads. Miscreants will be dealt with accordingly, he said.

He said Imran has been arrested for helping in the misappropriation of Rs60 billion worth of state funds during his government’s tenure.

In a tweet earlier during the day, Rana Sanaullah also refuted reports that Imran was being tortured.

IHC reserves verdict on arrest

Following the arrest, IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq took notice of the matter and summoned the Islamabad IG and the interior secretary within “15 minutes”.

He also directed the additional attorney general to appear before the court in 15 minutes and instructed him to immediately find out who was behind the arrest.

“If an inquiry has to be conducted, action will also be taken against the prime minister and ministers,” the chief justice said.

Later, the court reserved its verdict on the case before declaring it legal.

Section 144 imposed in Islamabad

Islamabad police notified that Section 144 was enforced in Islamabad following the arrest.

According to it, “no violence was done to any individual. There is a police cordon around Imran Khan’s car.”

Moreover, police confirmed that Imran was arrested in the Al-Qadir Trust case.

“Violators of Section 144 will be dealt with accordingly,” it said.

Before departing to Islamabad from Lahore, Imran had said in a video message that “my reply to ISPR and attempts by PDM & their handlers to arrest me for two reasons ie to prevent me from campaigning because when elections are announced I will be doing jalsas”.

“Secondly, they want to prevent me from mobilising the masses for street movement in support of Constitution if PDM govt & their handlers refuse to obey the SC & violate Constitution on holding of elections.”

What is Al-Qadir Trust Case?

The case refers to out-of-court settlement made of over Rs50 billion in laundered money by the previous government.

The details of the case state that Rs50 billion were illegally transferred to the United Kingdom by housing society in the previous government.

Seemingly, the housing society had illegally transferred Rs50 billion to a Pakistani national in the UK. The transfer was also acknowledged by the UK’s National Crime Agency, which subsequently informed the previous PTI government of the crime.

As per details, Imran had tasked Shehzad Akbar, ex-PM’s aide on accountability, to resolve the matter.

Akbar settled the entire case, while the Rs50 billion, which were termed a state property and belonged to the national treasury but was adjusted against housing society’s liability.

Earlier, Rana Sanaullah stated that the deal was made in return for “providing protection” to the real estate firm in a money laundering case during the PTI government.

He said a land of 458 kanal worth Rs530 million was also transferred by housing society to Al-Qadir Trust, the trustees of which are former prime minister Imran Khan and his spouse.

The agreement had the signatures of the real estate developer’s donors and Bushra Khan — the wife of former premier Imran, Sanaullah alleged.

The minister said that another 240 kanals were transferred to “Farah Shehzadi” — commonly known as Farah — a close friend of Bushra Bibi.

Sanaullah said that Imran directly plundered the public money by getting his share in Rs50 billion and provided relief to Bahria Town.

He said the impression created by [the PTI leaders] was that the land was meant for the construction of a university, but said that no charter for any varsity was approved by the Punjab Assembly.

This is a developing story, and will be updated accordingly

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Nawaz un Sharif- HeapBigShit May 09, 2023 02:36pm
Here we go. Dum a dum maast qalandar time
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KU May 09, 2023 03:02pm
Democratic government with very undemocratic characters in its fold, was expected. Never were the armed forces viewed in a negative way, but today they lost that reputation by using the Rangers to arrest Imran Khan. Foolish are those who think they have made new friends that will be loyal and live happily ever after.
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Notsurprised May 09, 2023 03:04pm
Throw away the key. Let Pakistan recover from the hatred this traitor has sown.
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Adil Gilani May 09, 2023 03:06pm
NAB ordered Imran Khan’s arrest. Nab arrested Shahid K Abbasi (another former PM), Mir Shakil Rahman (chief Editor Jang), Fawad Hasan (Bureaucrat) and many others in the past. Why does IK complain if he spends a couple of years in jail while waiting trial like they did. Maybe turn into a witness for the prosecution (approver) against his wife in the trust case and it will all be over.
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Parvez May 09, 2023 03:07pm
...and the theatre of the absurd continues.
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Notsurprised May 09, 2023 03:22pm
Nawaz went to jail for some nonsense iqama and accrued salary from son case. Niazi is arrested for 190 million pounds fraud with clear proof. Open your eyes to the difference.
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Faisal Waheed May 09, 2023 03:23pm
Extremely unfortunate and disgusting. What we are portraying to world that we are living in banana republic where there is no rule of law. How can they (Rangers) arrest leader of PTI from the IHC where he came to obey the law. Such incident shows that there is no rule of law in our country and we should strongly condemn for this. No one is above the law. We should raise our voice in media or any other medium to condemn such a brutality.
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S. May 09, 2023 03:27pm
@Notsurprised, Then what abou Nawaz and Zardari ?
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Notsurprised May 09, 2023 03:48pm
@S., they too went to jail right?
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Truthseeker May 09, 2023 03:51pm
Pakistan's tòp dogs have gone mad!
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John May 09, 2023 03:54pm
The compromised generals for sure want to destroy Pakistan!
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Parvez May 09, 2023 04:09pm
@Notsurprised, Please get your facts right....
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KhanRA May 09, 2023 04:10pm
Are you ready for 5 more years of Ishaq Dar? Military has made the decision for you, so it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks.
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Aamir Latif May 09, 2023 04:11pm
Finally, though not a good thing but trouble lay ahead of his defiance... Bitter pill to swallow that he did to others......
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John May 09, 2023 04:23pm
@Truthseeker, masses know how to tame these mad dogs!
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Parvez May 09, 2023 04:25pm
This is a clear indication that our courts are crippled......sadly this wound is mostly self inflicted. The people realise the damage inflicted on the system but sympathy for the judiciary is absent.
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Tulukan Mairandi May 09, 2023 05:00pm
Establishment must amputate his 1 leg and 1 arm
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Haq May 09, 2023 05:54pm
Allah saved our nation from Fitna-e-imrania... Now will see some major revamping in system, change in course of Pakistan & region as whole
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Jay May 09, 2023 06:02pm
@Tulukan Mairandi, what a sick mind!
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Jay May 09, 2023 06:03pm
@Notsurprised, in reality mir sadiqs and mir jafers are in power!
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Jay May 09, 2023 06:04pm
@S., they paid billions to generals for the nro!
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BK May 09, 2023 06:18pm
SHAME ON PAK ARMY ELITE!!! YOU ARE THE REAL ENEMY OF PAK. THE LOWER RANK OFFICIALS OF THE ARMED FORCES, WAKE UP AND DEMND THAT YOUR BOSSES STOP MAKING THIS MESS TO PLEASE THEIR EGOS. THE WORST ENEMY OF PAK IS THE PAK ARMY. SHAME ON YOU ALL!
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Rizwan May 09, 2023 06:31pm
Good move.
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Qasim May 09, 2023 06:49pm
Great news
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SAMIR SARDANA May 09, 2023 07:08pm
@Parvez, THERE IS NO COURT PROBLEM ! IMK WAS SENT A NOTICE BEFORE ARREST ! HE DID NOT RESPOND ! TOMORROW HE WILL GET BAIL ! IF NOT BAIL - JUDICIAL CUSTODY ! AND THEN,DUE TO HEALTH REASONS HE WILL GET BAIL ! IMK IS NOT LEAVING PAKISTAN ! ALL THAT HE HAS TO DO IS TO EXPLAIN TO COURT - Y HE DID NOT RESPOND TO THE NOTICE ! THERE WILL BE SOME REASON ! SAMIR SARDANA
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SAMIR SARDANA May 09, 2023 07:08pm
@Parvez, THERE IS NO COURT PROBLEM ! IMK WAS SENT A NOTICE BEFORE ARREST ! HE DID NOT RESPOND ! TOMORROW HE WILL GET BAIL ! IF NOT BAIL - JUDICIAL CUSTODY ! AND THEN,DUE TO HEALTH REASONS HE WILL GET BAIL ! IMK IS NOT LEAVING PAKISTAN ! ALL THAT HE HAS TO DO IS TO EXPLAIN TO COURT - Y HE DID NOT RESPOND TO THE NOTICE ! THERE WILL BE SOME REASON ! SAMIR SARDANA
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SAMIR SARDANA May 09, 2023 07:11pm
@BK, IMK WILL GET BAIL SOON! NO NEED TO WORRY ! DO NOT LET THE HINDOOS OF CHAIWALA LAND GLOAT ! THIS DAY HAS TO COME AND NOW IT HAS GONE ! THERE WILL BE A TRIAL ! SO BE IT ! IMK IS NOT RUNNING AWAY !
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SAMIR SARDANA May 09, 2023 07:11pm
@BK, IMK WILL GET BAIL SOON! NO NEED TO WORRY ! DO NOT LET THE HINDOOS OF CHAIWALA LAND GLOAT ! THIS DAY HAS TO COME AND NOW IT HAS GONE ! THERE WILL BE A TRIAL ! SO BE IT ! IMK IS NOT RUNNING AWAY ! SAMIR SARDANA
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SAMIR SARDANA May 09, 2023 07:11pm
@BK, IMK WILL GET BAIL SOON! NO NEED TO WORRY ! DO NOT LET THE HINDOOS OF CHAIWALA LAND GLOAT ! THIS DAY HAS TO COME AND NOW IT HAS GONE ! THERE WILL BE A TRIAL ! SO BE IT ! IMK IS NOT RUNNING AWAY ! SAMIR SARDANA
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SAMIR SARDANA May 09, 2023 07:13pm
@Adil Gilani, IMK IS A BRAVE MAN ! WILL FACE TRIAL AND WILL GET BAIL ! TRIAL IS A LONG STORY
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Ash Chak May 09, 2023 07:49pm
If you can't do the time, then don't do the crime.
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Khan Sulle Maga May 09, 2023 08:11pm
If we don't come onto streets stopping everything we do, we may never see our beloved leader again.
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Khan Sulle Maga May 09, 2023 08:13pm
Only Khan can save us from default. Men, women, children and old people should come onto streets in protest.
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Salam Radio international May 09, 2023 08:29pm
@SAMIR SARDANA, haven't received your check since months? Should Peter Griffin get in touch?
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Khan Sulle Maga May 09, 2023 08:33pm
@SAMIR SARDANA, No this time there is no hope. He is gone forever. Hope US is treating you well.
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SAMIR SARDANA May 09, 2023 08:40pm
@Ash Chak, THERE IS NO CRIME THAT IS WHEN THERE IS A CONVICTION WHICH IS NOT CHALLENGED THERE IS NO NEED TO WORRY AT ALL ! IT WILL ALL BE OVER SOON ! KEY IS WHAT IMK DOES AFTER HE COMES OUT AND WHETHER HE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE POLLS !
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SAMIR SARDANA May 09, 2023 08:40pm
@Ash Chak, THERE IS NO CRIME THAT IS WHEN THERE IS A CONVICTION WHICH IS NOT CHALLENGED THERE IS NO NEED TO WORRY AT ALL ! IT WILL ALL BE OVER SOON ! KEY IS WHAT IMK DOES AFTER HE COMES OUT AND WHETHER HE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE POLLS !
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SAMIR SARDANA May 09, 2023 08:40pm
@Ash Chak, THERE IS NO CRIME THAT IS WHEN THERE IS A CONVICTION WHICH IS NOT CHALLENGED THERE IS NO NEED TO WORRY AT ALL ! IT WILL ALL BE OVER SOON ! KEY IS WHAT IMK DOES AFTER HE COMES OUT AND WHETHER HE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE POLLS !
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Tulukan Mairandi May 09, 2023 08:44pm
Civil war. Breakup. Soon
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KhanRA May 09, 2023 10:42pm
Army has decided it knows what it best.
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KhanRA May 09, 2023 10:43pm
@Notsurprised, is that why Nawaz had to forge documents? And is that why he did such a poor job so as to use a font that didn’t even exist when the “authentic” document is said to have been signed?
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Rizwan May 09, 2023 10:53pm
Ek do chante bhi raseed Kar dain esko.. bohat fitna phelaya hai Imran khan ne apni jhoti ana ki wajah se.. eska nuksan Pakistan ko hua..
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SAMIR SARDANA May 09, 2023 11:03pm
@Khan Sulle Maga, NEIN ! "FOREVER" DOES THAT PORTEND SOME DARK DOOM ? OR U MEAN IN PRISON FOREVER ? THAT WILL HAPPEN ONLY AFTER CONVICTION ! BEFORE THAT ,WITH HIS LAWYERS,IF HE ANSWERS ALL THE QUESTIONS + HIS HEALTH , HE WILL BE OUT SOON ! IF THE STATE KEEPS ARRESTING HIM ON SOME NEW OFFENCE AND THEN RELEASING HIM - THAT WILL MAKE HIM A HERO , BEFORE THE POLLS - AND THAT IS A NO-BRAINER ! SO HE WILL BE OUT SOON UNLESS ALL ENQUIRIES ARE ACCELERATED AND ALL COURTS CONVICT HIM - WHICH WILL ALSO MAKE IMK A HERO ! IN POLITICS ,SOME TIME PEOPLE WILL MAKE MISTAKES IN MONEY MATTERS ! IT IS NO BIG DEAL ! STORY OF AL QADIR IS WITH ALL EDUCATIONAL TRUSTS IN SOUTH ASIA ! ALL HAVE THE SAME MODUS OPERANDI
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SAMIR SARDANA May 10, 2023 12:29am
@Tulukan Mairandi, U MEAN KASHMIR, ARUNACHAL, LADAKH, NAGAS, MANIPUR, DRAVIDISTAN, MCC.PWG,CPIML ..... IT WILL ALL END SOON IN PAKISTAN ! IT WILL BE A STRONGER AND BETTER NATION 1 MANY NATIONS HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS
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bonce richard May 10, 2023 03:20am
@Haq, Why did Allah save us when our corrupt army dominate the whole country since 1947? Our army making money in the name of Islam Kashmir and terrorism. We entirely beg zakat charity and fitra from others. Our army is busy buying property.
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Asia is Next May 10, 2023 04:24pm
What he gets now is the same as he was doing against his enemies in the past. Only the ranger's 'thaper' are extra which helps him immediately to stand and walk normally. RIP
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Awami May 11, 2023 07:56am
Well respected friends like Saudi Arabia or China should talk to all parties and urge to find ways to stop this turmoil. This will be appreciated by all nations people.
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Jay May 11, 2023 01:40pm
@John, and compromised judges!
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Jay May 11, 2023 01:40pm
@Truthseeker, they must be crushed to save Pakistan.
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SAMIR SARDANA May 11, 2023 06:14pm
@Khan Sulle Maga, AS I REPLIED TO YOU 2 DAYS AGO " HE WILL BE FREE SOON" AND HE IS FREE ! https://www.brecorder.com/news/40241511/supreme-court-declares-imran-khans-arrest-illegal
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