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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was arrested from his Lahore residence on Saturday shortly after a district and sessions court in the federal capital found him guilty in the Toshakhana case and sentenced him to three years in prison.

PTI’s Punjab Chapter confirmed the arrest and said Imran is being moved to Kot Lakhpat Jail.

Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Humayun Dilawar had earlier ruled that charges against Imran in the case were proven, adding that the former PM “deliberately submitted fake details to the Election Commission of Pakistan and is found guilty of corrupt practices”.

During the hearing today, neither Imran nor his lawyers were present.

The court also slapped a fine of Rs100,000 on the PTI chief. The judge rejected Imran’s appeal against declaring the case maintainable.

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

Following the directives, a heavy contingent of Lahore police reached Zaman Park to arrest the PTI chairman.

Later, the court issued a written order which said that Imran provided an “incorrect declaration” in the Form-B submitted to the ECP for the year 2020-2021.

The order said that the former PM cheated while providing information of gifts he obtained from Toshakhana which later proved to be false and inaccurate.

“His dishonesty has been established beyond doubt,” it stated.

The development comes as Pakistan braces for elections in the coming months with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif seemingly set to dissolve the assemblies on August 9.

Moreover, on Friday, Islamabad High Court (IHC) set aside the session court’s verdict that had declared the Tosh­akhana reference against Imran as maintainable for criminal proceedings.

It also rejected the Imran’s appeal to transfer the case to another court.

PTI moves Supreme Court

Meanwhile, PTI in a statement announced that it has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court over the district court case judgment.

In a statement, the party rejected the court’s decision and said that another black mark was placed on the justice system.

Legal experts say a conviction in the case could end Imran’s chances of participating in national elections.

Background

Last year in October, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had disqualified Imran from his parliamentary membership for filing “false” and “incorrect declaration” in his statement of assets and liabilities for the year 2020-21 filed with the electoral entity.

Established in 1974, the Tosha­khana is a department under the administrative control of the Cabinet Division and stores precious gifts given to rulers, parliamentarians, bureaucrats, and officials by heads of other governments and states and foreign dignitaries.

Lawmakers from the ruling coalition had filed a reference last year against Imran alleging that he had not shared details of the gifts he retained from the Toshakhana and proceeds from their reported sales.

This year in May, Additional Sessions Judge Humayun Dilawar indicted Imran in the case and rejected his petition challenging the maintainability of the reference.

The PTI chairman then moved the IHC, which sent the case back to the trial court for re-examination.

Following the IHC ruling, Imran moved the SC and urged the apex court to set aside the high court’s directive.

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Abdullah Aug 05, 2023 12:56pm
Times have changed . 5years back Pti was celebrating for nawaz going to jail.Judges need to allows some cocaine in jail for him so he can survive or he might die with out it.
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RTD Lt Col Ahmed Aug 05, 2023 01:10pm
Mashallah! Glad to know about this. But three years is too short.
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KU Aug 05, 2023 01:13pm
Interesting tales of justice in the land of opportunists, billion rupees of recorded money laundering transactions are dismissed for lack of proof, similar toshakhana sale of gifts by parliamentarians overlooked, and much more of the sordid tales in waiting. The only reality and truth prevalent are the words and actions of the powerful, and we hope for a better future?
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Mujahid Aug 05, 2023 01:28pm
Corrupt judicery system will destroy pakistan.
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Mujahid Aug 05, 2023 01:30pm
Corrupt judicery system will destroy pakistan
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Lubna Aug 05, 2023 01:30pm
Everyone knows who is behind all this. May Allah have his curse on the cruel people who have made this country an absolute joke. When is the court opening cases against other members who stolen BMWs.
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IMTIAZ CASSUM AGBOATWALA Aug 05, 2023 02:55pm
I am not favouring anyone . But has the toshkhana case been applied unbiased to all politicians who have done similar acts ?
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Abdul Sheikh Aug 05, 2023 02:55pm
Where is all the desktop warriors? Now red line has become sand line.
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BK Aug 05, 2023 03:01pm
@Abdullah, Wow! Is this all you could take out from IKs arrest? No wonder PAK is in deep shi…instead of standing up for your rights, you are cracking wise ass jokes…your future is being robbed and this is what is on your mind…
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Johnny Walker Aug 05, 2023 03:14pm
I suppose that the judge was promised a flat and ihqama in Dubai.
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Saeed Aug 05, 2023 03:43pm
@RTD Lt Col Ahmed , the day corrupt army officers start getting justice they will know how long or short a jail term is
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KU Aug 05, 2023 05:09pm
Just a reminder, someone who was facing cases in Pakistan, went abroad on an undertaking of Rs. 50 stamp paper, and to date has not been returned. Is the relevant court going to give its verdict and site that the absconder has not returned, hence the judgment?
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Usman Aug 05, 2023 05:57pm
@Johnny Walker, yes.he only gave 3 years.with all the wealth Imran made by looting Pakistan that's a very cheap deal for the judge.he should have sent him for 30 years.
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Usman Aug 05, 2023 05:58pm
@IMTIAZ CASSUM AGBOATWALA, did the Panama case apply to all the remaining 400 individuals on list.most were from PTI.so why do you expect others to get punishment of crimes done by Imran khan and PTI.
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Sianjee Aug 05, 2023 06:51pm
Compromised generals have compromised the future of Pakistan...they need to be tamed for the sake of Pakistan..enough is enough!
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Shah Aug 05, 2023 07:10pm
Top dogs have gone mad and pushing Pakistan towards a bloody civil war...to save Pakistan they must be crushed!
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Sainjee Aug 05, 2023 07:12pm
@Mujahid, In reality its the Punjabi paindoo mafia that does not want to yield power to masses!
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Sainjee Aug 05, 2023 07:13pm
@Usman, Looks a a paid comment! What the current rate? Rs 30K?
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JS Aug 05, 2023 07:56pm
This is a sad day. On the one hand, I see some stand up for justice. On the other, I see people openly vilifying Imran Khan despite blatant army agenda. Their best defence is that Nawaz also went to jail therefore it is only "justice" if IK does too! Allah asks us to look back at nations that were destroyed. And asks us to reflect upon it. We don't even need to look back far to see what happened to Pakistan. Pakistani's, please. Reflect. Your army rank or political affiliations are not going to protect you in the world hereafter. Stand with justice.
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Zubair, Birmingham Aug 05, 2023 08:32pm
Request army and relevant authorities to look into Indian funding of PTI.
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Afzal Khan Aug 05, 2023 08:39pm
Glorious day in the history of our Pakistan. Thank you Pakistan army.
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KU Aug 05, 2023 08:46pm
@Zubair, Birmingham , yes, let's do it.....and also include the complete list of Pakistanis in the Panama leaks as well as have a look at the de-classified docs of the CIA about officials of the country during the 70s and 80s. May take some time but it will be interesting reading, perhaps a shock to our kind of truth.
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Love Your Country Aug 05, 2023 10:35pm
@KU, name those who SOLD for profit their gifts they bought from Toshakhana.
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Love Your Country Aug 05, 2023 10:42pm
@KU, It happened during IK government and he let it happen to buy some peace of mind supported by IK's facilitators.
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Amir Aug 06, 2023 04:37am
Economy keeps going down as horrible news i.e Imran Khan's arrest or inflation don't stop hurting common Pakistani. A bleak future is guaranteed for new generations. For Pakistan, one can only recite "Inna Lillahe wa Inna Alayhe Raajioun".
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MAX Aug 06, 2023 06:55pm
@Zubair, Birmingham , Lies have no feet to stand upon!
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MAX Aug 06, 2023 06:58pm
@Amir, The corrupt to the core ruling elite...compromised generals and judges....have no concern for Pakistan or Pakistanis...for dollars they continue to serve their masters!
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