In a surprising turn of events, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, Imran Khan, has been arrested by Rangers personnel from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in the Al-Qadir Trust Case, who were following orders of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
According to Islamabad Police, Imran Khan had been arrested in relation to a case alleging that PTI chief, Imran Khan, along with his wife, Bushra Bibi, and other PTI leaders had made some settlement between the PTI government and a property tycoon, which caused a loss of nearly £190 billion to the national exchequer.
PTI leader, Asad Umar, has stated that a six-member committee headed by Shah Mahmood Qureshi would determine the next course of action, while protests are expected in several cities as a result of Imran Khan’s arrest.
However, Islamabad Police Chief said that situation was “normal” in the Federal Capital, adding that Section 144 had been imposed in the city and action would be taken against violators.
عمران خان کو قادر ٹرسٹ کیس میں گرفتار کیاگیا ہے۔ آئی جی اسلام آباد ۔— Islamabad Police (@ICT_Police) May 9, 2023
حالات معمول کے مطابق ہیں ۔ آئی جی اسلام آباد
دفعہ 144 نافذ العمل ہے خلاف ورزی کی صورت میں کارروائی عمل میں لائی جائے گی ۔
It is pertinent to mention that Imran Khan may have known about the arrest as before leaving for the court, the PTI chief stated, “If someone has a warrant, they should directly bring it to me. Bring the warrant, my lawyer will be there. I’m ready to go to jail myself.”
Interior Minister, Rana Sanaullah, also chimed in on Imran Khan’s arrest, stating that he had failed to appear before the court on several occasions. “The arrest has been conducted by the National Accountability Bureau for causing losses to the national treasury.”
It bears mentioning that Imran Khan’s arrest warrant was issued on May 1.
According to the details, a contingent of paramilitary troops and armored personnel broke the the doors of the court offices, smashed window panes, and fought through PTI chief’s supporters and lawyers to reach him.
Meanwhile, the gate remained blocked by armored vehicles while Imran Khan was taken away by Rangers personnel to NAB Rawalpindi.
Taking notice of the matter, Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Aamer Farooq summoned the Islamabad IG and the Interior Secretary within 15 minutes. Furthermore, he also directed the attorney general to appear before the court within 15 minutes and instructed him to 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,” he added.
Meanwhile, PTI leader Murad Saeed, in an audio message on PTI’s official Twitter handle, said that Imran Khan had been tortured. He asked PTI supporters, especially youth, to step out and protest against the arrest.
مراد سعید کا ضروری پیغام !! pic.twitter.com/uwG1GE10o9— PTI (@PTIofficial) May 9, 2023
About the Al-Qadir Trust Case
According to the details, Former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, along with his wife, Bushra Bibi, and other PTI leaders, were involved in settlement between PTI Government and a property tycoon that caused a loss of £190 billion to the national exchequer.
The charges state that Imran Khan and others adjusted Rs. 50 billion (£190 billion at the time) sent by the Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) to the Government. Furthermore, they are also accused of getting other benefits like 458 kanals of land at Mouza Bakrala, Sohawa, to establish Al-Qadir University.
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