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Imran Khan Arrested from Zaman Park Lahore Within Five Minutes of Court Orders

Imran Khan, the Chairman of PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf), has been arrested by Punjab police at his Zaman Park residence in Lahore, shortly after an Islamabad trial court found him guilty of “corrupt practices” in the Toshakhana case. The PTI’s Punjab Chapter confirmed his arrest with a tweet, stating that Imran Khan is being transferred to Kot Lakhpat Jail. The court sentenced him to three years in prison and imposed a fine of Rs100,000 for concealing details of Toshakhana gifts, with neither Imran nor his lawyers present during the hearing.

The Toshakhana case was filed by ruling party lawmakers based on a criminal complaint from the ECP (Election Commission of Pakistan). It alleged that during his time as the prime minister, Imran deliberately concealed information about the gifts he received from the Toshakhana, a repository for presents given to government officials by foreign dignitaries. The gifts and proceeds from their reported sales should have been reported to the Cabinet Division, as per Toshakhana rules.

This is not the first time khan has faced legal issues regarding the retention of gifts. In 2022, the ECP concluded that he had made false statements and incorrect declarations about the gifts, leading to his disqualification under Article 63(1)(p) of the Constitution. The ECP then approached the Islamabad sessions court with a complaint, seeking criminal proceedings against Imran for allegedly misleading officials regarding the gifts received during his tenure as the prime minister.

Imran was indicted in the Toshakhana case on May 10, despite his petition to declare the case inadmissible. However, on July 4, the Islamabad High Court overturned that ruling, and on July 8, a district and sessions court in Islamabad deemed the case maintainable. Subsequently, the former prime minister challenged the session court’s verdict in the IHC (Islamabad High Court).

With the recent ruling by the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Imran Khan’s legal woes have deepened. The court’s decision highlights the importance of transparency and honesty in public office, emphasizing that all public figures must adhere to the law and be held accountable for their actions.

Read more: Toshakhana case: Imran Khan sentenced to 3 years in prison, disqualified for 5 years

As the news of Imran Khan’s arrest spreads, it is expected to have significant political ramifications, with his party, PTI, likely to respond and express its stance on the matter. The case’s developments will undoubtedly draw attention from the media and the public, shaping the political landscape in the country. For now, Imran will serve his three-year sentence in Kot Lakhpat Jail, pending any further legal actions or appeals.

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