Imran Khan, the former prime minister of Pakistan, was detained on Saturday after receiving a three-year prison term in the Toshakhana case. Imran Khan was also prohibited from engaging in active politics for five years by an Islamabad trial court.
Khan is accused of making money off the sale of pricey state gifts while he was in power. He didn’t attend the session in court.
Imran Khan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, was arrested from his residence in Lahore by Islamabad police in coordination with the Punjab police after the court verdict. He has been sent to Islamabad from Lahore.
PTI General Secretary Omar Ayub Khan said, “Imran Khan has been arrested. Peaceful protest is every Pakistani’s constitutional right.”
The 70-year-old politician, who was previously a professional cricketer, is accused of making money off the sale of pricey official gifts while in office. Imran Khan’s appeal against the trial’s progress was rejected by Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday, the court noting that an application to transfer the case to another court was being considered by the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
Imran Khan has asserted his innocence and announced that he would appeal right away.