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Print Print 2023-05-10

IK’s arrest triggers outrage within Pakistanis at home and abroad

  • The National Accountability Bureau arrested former PM through Rangers personnel in Al-Qadir Trust case
Published May 10, 2023

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), on Tuesday, arrested the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and ex-premier Imran Khan through Rangers personnel in Al-Qadir Trust case, which led to massive protests across twin cities like in other parts of the country.

A heavy contingent of Rangers took Khan into custody from the biometric room of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), where he was present for biometric verification in two cases registered against him.

Later, the paramilitary troops shifted him to the NAB Rawalpindi office. During the arrest, Khan’s lawyers and guards also got injured as they were beaten up by the Rangers personnel.

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Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, the counsel for Khan told the media that the Rangers personnel “tortured” Imran during the arrest.

“The troop hit Imran Khan on the head and injured leg,” he said, adding he, Ali Bukhari, and Ali Khan were present with Imran Khan at the time of arrest.

He further said that the contingent of Rangers barge through the glass and entered the diary branch. Rangers directly used pepper spray on him, Bukhari, and Ali Khan, on the occasion. All the officials at the scene belonged to Rangers, he said.

According to the summon notice issued by NAB dated May 1, Imran Khan is accused of commission of the offence of corruption and corrupt practices under section 9 (a) of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 and schedule thereto, I; therefore, in the exercise of power under section 34-A read with 18(a) and 24 (a) of the ordinance direct arrest of said accused. Said accused after arrest shall be produced before the court for authorization of detention for such period as may be necessary for finalisation of the inquiry and investigation, it says.

Following the arrest of Khan, the anti-graft body issued a press release, saying that the NAB Rawalpindi had taken Imran Khan into custody on a charge of corruption in the Al-Qadir Trust.

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The NAB had issued notices in the said case to Khan but he did not give appropriate response to the summon notices of the bureau, it says. The former premier has been arrested as per the NAB ordinance and law.

Islamabad police also released a statement quoting Inspector General (IG) Akbar Nasir as saying that Imran had been arrested in connection with the Al-Qadir Trust case. After shifting Khan to NAB Rawalpindi, the bureau requested a federal government hospital commonly known as Poly Clinic Hospital for carrying out a medical examination of the PTI chairman.

Following the NAB’s request, the hospital constituted a seven-member medical board headed by Dr Fareed Allah Shah. The medical team visited the NAB Rawalpindi and conducted a medical examination.

The NAB will present Khan before Accountability Court for obtaining his physical remand today (Wednesday).

Like other parts of the country, the PTI workers in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi took to the streets following the arrest of Khan. The PTI workers also staged a protest demonstration at D-Chowk, Islamabad.

A large number of PTI workers staged protests at Murree Road and Faizabad. Police resorted to teargas shelling to disperse them. Footage on social media showed that PTI workers marched toward General Headquarters in Rawalpindi (GHQ) and reportedly entered it through one of the gates which was not properly manned.

The PTI workers blocked the Srinagar Highway, Expressway, Tarnol, 26 number Chungi GT Road and other parts of the city for traffic. In some areas, police used teargas shells against the protesters and arrested scores of PTI workers. Similarly, police arrested the PTI workers at Faizabad and outside the NAB Rawalpindi’s office. The protests of the PTI workers continued till the filing of this report.

Meanwhile, mobile internet services were also suspended in many cities across Pakistan. Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube services were completely suspended.

Reuters adds: clashes erupted between Khan supporters and police, killing at least one protester.

Dozens of paramilitary troops in riot-control gear surrounded Khan - Pakistan’s most popular leader according to opinion polls - and led him into a black van by his arm.

Authorities in three of four provinces imposed an emergency order banning all gatherings after Khan’s supporters clashed with police, blocked major roads in a string of cities and stormed military buildings in Lahore and Rawalpindi, according to witnesses and videos shared by his party.

The clashes killed one of the protesters and injured 12 people, including six police officers in the Quetta, home minister Ziaullah Langove said.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Tulukan Mairandi May 10, 2023 08:39am
The overseas Pakistani in London, however, is happy
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Aamir Latif May 10, 2023 09:34am
Fitna called PTI now in open, a cult by a coward leader has made followers blind and on roads to destruction. State should should handle this with zero tolerance, enough is enough. PTI is not Pakistan....
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Asad Khursheed May 10, 2023 10:32am
Amazing no one is able to arrest business tycon - or even have strong nerve to share the name of person in media.
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John May 10, 2023 10:45am
Army's top leadership has been compromised that's why the top dogs rush overseas to get new order from their masters! Too many UN peace postings have caused havoc with national security!
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PML-NAZI May 10, 2023 10:50am
@Aamir Latif, you can hate him but dod u think the way this was done was humane? representative of a progressive nation? people like you are the ones because of which the nation needs a system reset
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Joe May 10, 2023 11:14am
@John, True, but also love of real estate and promotions based on loyalty/buttering rather on merit has created decline of standards in armed forces...and today's happenings all across the country is the evidence of their low IQs!
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Jawed Khan, Bristol May 10, 2023 11:53am
Anyone who frees Khan from the clutches of corrupt jackals, will be paid half a million US dollars.
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Jawed Khan, Bristol May 10, 2023 11:54am
Fellow Pakistanis, time has come for the supreme sacrifice. For the country that we love so dearly, Khan is the beacon.
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Jawed Khan, Bristol May 10, 2023 11:55am
By force we must free our leader and our hope.
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Jawed Khan, Bristol May 10, 2023 11:57am
For Pakistan's future, I am ready for the sacrifice. Are you?
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Haq May 10, 2023 12:30pm
After Chinese FM Minister's visit, reinvigoration of CPEC, there is no place for IK / PTI nuisance to keep destabilizing country, specifically when IMF / WB refused loans (moody's warning). Clearly highlights Zionists / Goldsmiths nexus, as highlighted by late Hakim Saeed in his book 'Japan ki kahani', resulted in his murder. Dr Israr Ahmed also highlighted the same...
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Sumaroo May 10, 2023 12:52pm
@Jawed Khan, Bristol , He is being exposed to poison!
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Sumaroo May 10, 2023 12:52pm
@John, Too many Bajwas spoil the entire army!
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Sumaroo May 10, 2023 01:19pm
@Haq, Top dogs have been compromised big time.
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Sumaroo May 10, 2023 01:20pm
@Aamir Latif, First state needs to bring back crooks from London!
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Sumaroo May 10, 2023 01:21pm
They have hanged Bhutto now its pay back time!
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Adnan A Khan Khan May 11, 2023 06:08pm
@Haq, You are dilusional person.
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