In a significant development, the Anti-Accountability Court No. 1, presided over by Judge Muhammad Bashir, indicted Imran Khan in a separate graft case. Notably, this is the same judge who had previously convicted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam in a corruption case related to properties in London. While Maryam was subsequently released by the Islamabad High Court, Sharif’s case remains pending.
During the hearing, NAB lawyers requested a 14-day remand for Khan to investigate allegations in the Al-Qadir Trust case, accusing him of embezzling Rs 50 billion from the national treasury. However, Khan’s lawyer refuted the charges as fabricated and urged the judge to release him.
After hearing arguments from both sides, the accountability court reserved its ruling and later announced the decision to grant an eight-day physical remand to the NAB. Khan expressed concerns for his safety during his statement to the court, highlighting his apprehension about meeting a similar fate as a witness in a previous money laundering case. He also requested access to his personal doctor, Faisal Sultan.
In parallel proceedings, Imran Khan was indicted in the Toshakhana corruption case by Judge Humayun Dilawar at the District and Sessions Court.
Imran Khan’s arrest and subsequent remand have triggered nationwide protests by his supporters, emphasizing the political significance of the case. The court proceedings will continue as Khan and his legal team prepare to mount a defense against the allegations.
It is essential to remember that the legal process must be allowed to unfold, ensuring transparency and fairness in the pursuit of justice. The developments in this high-profile case will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the political landscape of Pakistan, warranting close attention in the days to come.