An accountability court in Islamabad rejected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan’s bail plea before arrest in the Toshakhana case, ARY News reported on Wednesday.
Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir announced the reserved verdict on Imran Khan’s bail application in the case.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Deputy Solicitor General Muzaffar Abbasi said the PTI founder’s bail application was rejected.
He said the arrest warrants would be implemented and the anti-corruption agency would seek remand for the accused tomorrow.
In another development, Imran Khan and party deputy leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi were again charged in the cipher case on Wednesday, Geo News reported.
The two leaders were charged by the special court under the Official Secrets Act 2023. Justice Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain delivered the verdict indicting the PTI leaders.
Earlier on Monday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) reserved its verdict on Khan’s application for stay of his conviction in the Toshakhana case.
The district and sessions court awarded three years’ imprisonment to the former prime minister and PTI founder in the Toshakhana criminal case.
The plea was taken up by Islamabad HC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Tariq Jahangiri. The Islamabad High Court reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from both sides.
On August 5, the district and sessions court awarded three years’ jail term to the then PTI leader in the Toshakhana criminal case, ARY News reported.
The court also imposed a fine of PKR 100,000 on the convicted PTI chief. The court also declared that the former prime minister could not hold public office for five years.
The court in its verdict said that the accused was found guilty of corrupt practices and sentenced the PTI leader to three years in prison, ARY News reported.
“Imran Khan deliberately gave false information [of Toshakhana gifts] joined the ECP and found guilty of corrupt practices,” he said.
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