Pakistan’s anti-corruption court on Monday issued arrest warrants against former prime minister Imran Khan in two cases related to the Al-Qadir Trust and Toshakha gift cases. Islamabad-based Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir issued the warrant at the request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Ali-Qadir trust case about Rs. 50 billion related to the settlement, which was sent to Pakistan by Britain’s National Crime Agency after recovery from a Pakistani property businessman.
Khan, then Prime Minister, allowed the businessman to use the money instead of depositing it in the government coffers, which had been imposed by the Supreme Court a few years earlier, around Rs. 450 billion was allowed to be partially paid.
The court also issued a warrant for Khan’s arrest in the Toshakha gift case. However, this case is different from the one in which he was convicted and arrested in August but later got bail. The case was filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan for concealing the proceeds from the sale of gifts received from Toshakhana. Khan is currently lodged in Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail in the encrypted diplomatic message leak case.
Meanwhile, Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi appeared before the NAB in Islamabad in connection with the investigation into the Al-Qadir trust case.
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