Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was released on bail on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, after the Islamabad High Court ruled that his arrest last week was unlawful.
IHC suspends Imran’s sentence in Toshakhana case
Imran Khan was arrested on May 12 on charges of illegally acquiring land from the Toshakhana, a government department that manages gifts given to the president and prime minister. He was sentenced to three years in prison in absentia, but his lawyers appealed the verdict.
Khan’s release is a major victory for his political party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The PTI has been holding nationwide protests against Khan’s arrest, and his release is likely to further energize the party’s supporters.
Khan has accused the country’s powerful military of orchestrating his arrest. The military has denied the allegations, but the case has raised questions about the military’s role in Pakistani politics.
Khan’s release is a significant development in Pakistani politics. It remains to be seen how the case will unfold, but it is clear that Khan is still a major political force in Pakistan.
In a statement released after his release, Khan said that he was “grateful to the Islamabad High Court for suspending my sentence and granting me bail.” He also said that he would continue to fight for the “rights of the people of Pakistan.”
Khan’s release is likely to further polarize Pakistani politics. His supporters view him as a champion of the people, while his opponents see him as a corrupt and divisive figure. The case is likely to continue to be a source of tension in Pakistan for some time to come.
The Future of Imran Khan.
It is still too early to say what the future holds for Imran Khan. However, his release from custody is a major boost for his political career. He is likely to continue to be a popular figure among the Pakistani people, and he could pose a serious challenge to the government in the next general election.
Khan has already announced that he will form a new political party, and he is expected to launch a nationwide campaign against the government. He has also called for fresh elections, which could be held as early as next year.
The government has vowed to fight back against Khan, and it is likely that the political situation in Pakistan will remain volatile in the coming months. However, Khan’s release has given him a new lease of life, and he is now in a position to challenge the government and its policies.
Special court writes to Attock jail
The special court established to prosecute cases under the Official Secrets Act, 1923, wrote to the superintendent of the Attock jail directing him to keep Imran in “judicial lockup and produce him on 30.08.2023 before this court”.
“The accused Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi s/o Ikram Ullah 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.”