Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested once again on Tuesday, hours after the Islamabad High Court suspended his sentence in the Toshakhana case, ARY news reported. A special court in Islamabad ordered Attock Jail authorities, where the former premier is incarcerated, to keep the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chairman in judicial lockup in the cipher case.
The order came hours after Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspended Imran Khan’s three-year sentence in the Toshakhana case. In a letter addressed to the Attock jail superintendent, the special court ordered jail authorities to produce Imran Khan on August 30 in connection with the cipher case.
“That accused Imran Khan Niazi s/o Ikramullah Khan Niazi r/o Zaman Park, Lahore is hereby ordered for judicial remand in case FIR mentioned above, who is already detained in district jail, Attock,” ARY News quoted the letter.Recently, the PTI chief and party leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi were named in an FIR registered on August 5 under the Official Secrets Act.
The verdict was reserved a day earlier after the completion of the arguments from the respondents. The IHC in its short verdict, ordered to release of the PTI chairman on bail from Attock Jail and remarked that it would give the reasons for the suspension of the sentence in the detailed verdict later, ARY News reported. Earlier in the day, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspended the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman’s conviction and three-year jail sentence in the Toshakhana case, Dawn News reported.
The bench comprising Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri on the former prime minister’s appeal against his prison term announced the much-anticipated order, that comes months ahead of the national elections in the country. According to Dawn News, the trial court in Islamabad had convicted the PTI chief in the case filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that involved concealing details of state gifts and jailed him for three years. The verdict meant he was disqualified from contesting general elections for five years.
Pakistan district and sessions court on August 5, sentenced Imran Khan to three years in prison in the Toshakhana case i.e. for illegally selling state gifts and disqualified him from politics for a period of five years, local media reported. He was lodged in Attock Jail in Punjab province in the country. The PTI Chairman was arrested from his Zaman Park residence in Lahore soon after being convicted in the Toshakhana case. The court also imposed a fine of Pakistani Rupees (PKR) 100,000 on Imran Khan, Geo News reported.
(With inputs from ANI)