Imran Khan arrested for causing losses to state treasury in corruption case: Pakistani minister

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Tuesday that former prime minister Imran Khan had been arrested for causing losses to the state treasury in a corruption case.
Providing details of the arrest of Pakistan’s President Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) at the Islamabad High Court, he also dismissed reports of the 70-year-old leader being tortured during his arrest by paramilitary Rangers .
Khan, who traveled from Lahore to the federal capital Islamabad, was arrested on Tuesday while in court for a hearing in a corruption case, a day after he clashed with the country’s mighty military for allegedly allegedly hatched a plot to kill him. .
“The arrest was made by the NAB in the Al-Qadir Trust case“Sanaullah said, adding that the arrest was based on merit and that Khan was in the custody of the anti-corruption watchdog.
Sanaullah said British authorities, in a money laundering case, confiscated 190 million pounds or 60 billion rupees from a Pakistani property tycoon for the purpose of transferring it to the Pakistani government.
However, Khan allowed the tycoon to collect the money rather than deposit it in the state and use it to pay a fine imposed by the Supreme Court in another case.
The tycoon in return provided 23.1 hectares (458 canals) at Sohawa in Jhelum district and 12.1 hectares (240 canals) at Banigala near Islamabad to the Al-Qadir Trust.
The minister also claimed that the Al-Qadir Trust was registered in the name of Khan’s wife, Bushra Bibi, and her close friend Farah Gogi. He also claimed that the value of the property was around Rs 6-7 billion. “Khan caused a huge loss to the state treasury,” he said, and urged the court to return the same money to the government.
He also accused Khan of playing into the hands of foreigners and issuing statements against state institutions. “Khan is an ally of the enemies of the country and is trying to harm the country,” he said.
The minister said the paramilitary Rangers were lawfully carrying out their duty when their leaders made the arrest. He said the government had nothing to do with the arrest which was made on the orders of the NAB.
He said there were “dozens” of other cases with ongoing corruption investigations against the former prime minister.
“No kind of torture was inflicted on him (Khan),” the interior minister said.
The Khan-led PTI party recently submitted a list of cases to the Islamabad High Court (IHC). The list says 31 cases have been registered against Khan in the federal capital and 30 cases and notices of appeal have been issued in Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab.
These cases relate to various charges such as treason, blasphemy, commission and incitement to violence and terrorism.
According to the list, 12 cases of terrorism have been recorded against Khan in Lahore and 14 cases have been recorded in Faisalabad. Some 22 terrorism cases have been registered against Imran Khan across the country.
Khan has faced a slew of cases since being ousted by a vote of no confidence in April last year. He dismissed all these cases as political victimization by the ruling alliance.
Currently, Khan said he is facing more than 140 cases related to terrorism, blasphemy, murder, violence and incitement to violence.


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