Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested on Tuesday by Rangers officials from the Islamabad Judicial Complex. The arrest was confirmed by the Inspector General (IG) Islamabad, who stated that Imran was arrested in the Al-Qadir Trust case. The IG added that the situation was normal, and Section 144 was in place, with violations resulting in police action.
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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Aamer Farooq took notice of the incident and summoned the IG Islamabad, the Secretary Interior, and the Additional Attorney General. The judge directed them to immediately inform the court about who was behind the arrest and in what case had the PTI chief been arrested. Justice Farooq maintained that action would be taken, “even if it has to be taken against ministers.”
Imran Khan has been taken to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) office in Rawalpindi, according to the IG Islamabad. Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said that the deposed premier did not appear in court despite notices for the case hearing of the land transfer of Al-Qadir Trust, for which Imran and his wife were presumably trustees.
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The NAB has arrested him for damaging the national treasury. No violence was done to them,” he added. Imran was arrested from within the premises of the IHC, where he had appeared for hearing of cases pertaining to inciting mutiny and violence against PML-N leader Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha.
A Reuters witness said that shortly after Imran entered the gate of the IHC, contingents of paramilitary forces and armored personnel carriers entered after him. The gate was blocked by the armored vehicles while the ex-PM was whisked away shortly after under heavy security, the witness added. PTI senior leader Fawad Chaudhry also said that the IHC was occupied by Rangers, “lawyers were being subjected to torture,” and Imran’s car was surrounded.
On its official Twitter handle, the former ruling party claimed that the PTI chairman’s lawyer was “badly injured” inside the IHC premises during the arrest. In 2019, then-Prime Minister Imran Khan had laid the foundation stone of the Al-Qadir University for Sufism in Sohawa, Jhelum district. He was, however, accused of looting Rs50 billion of the national treasury, along with a property tycoon, and getting the Trust registered on 450-kanal.