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Imran is set to “attend SC” today following significant relief

Imran is set to "attend SC" today following significant relief

In recent developments from Islamabad, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has granted post-arrest bail in a graft case, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive investigation into the allegations. The case pertains to a £171 million transaction, with the court expressing concerns about the transparency of the transaction and stating that the proceeds of corruption should rightfully belong in the government’s account

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has been detained for nearly nine months in multiple cases, is set to appear before the Supreme Court via video link. This comes after he received relief in separate cases, including the Al-Qadir Trust matter. Additionally, Khan was acquitted by a Judicial Magistrate in a case related to the Azadi March in 2022, marking his first appearance before the apex court since his arrest last year.

However, concerns have been raised by Khan’s party regarding a visitors’ ban imposed in Adiala jail, suggesting it was implemented to prevent Khan from participating in Supreme Court proceedings as ordered by a five-member bench.

In a significant development, the IHC division led by Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Tariq Mahmood Jahangiri granted bail to the former premier in the £190 million case on reasonable grounds. The court questioned the transparency of the transaction and directed a holistic examination of the evidence by the trial court. It noted discrepancies in the amount transmitted and raised questions about the legality of the transaction.

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The court underscored the importance of transparency, particularly regarding funds received from abroad, and highlighted the need for the prosecution to establish a connection between the exercise of authority and gratification under relevant legal provisions.

Meanwhile, PTI leaders expressed concerns over the visitors’ ban at Adiala jail, alleging it was part of a plan to prevent Khan from participating in the NAB amendments case. They cited recent incidents, including changes in Khan’s security detail and postponement of hearings in various cases, as evidence of government interference.

The developments highlight the ongoing legal battles faced by Khan and the political tensions surrounding his detention and judicial proceedings. The granting of bail in one case and acquittal in another signal a complex legal landscape, with implications for Pakistan’s political landscape.