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The many cases filed against Imran Khan in Pakistan

Police surrounded Imran Khan’s house in Lahore.

Pakistani police surrounded the home of former Prime Minister Imran Khan in Lahore ahead of his possible arrest in the Toshakhana case. Hundreds of Mr Khan’s supporters gathered outside the house after a police team from Islamabad arrived to arrest him on court orders, according to the Reuters news agency. If he is arrested, it will be a blow to his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Mr Khan faces 37 cases across Pakistan, including those filed by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

What is the Toshakhana case?

A non-releasable warrant has been issued against Mr Khan, 70, for concealing, in his asset declarations, details of gifts he withheld from the Toshakhana – the treasury where gifts handed over to government officials by foreign officials. The case is known as Toshakhana’s benchmark case.

Mr Khan is accused of making $36million selling three watches given to him. He allegedly never deposited gifts in the treasury, violating the rule that a Pakistani prime minister is only allowed to keep gifts after paying a certain amount.

The High Court in Islamabad had last week stayed the arrest warrant issued by a district and sessional court against the chairman of the PTI until March 13.

Other cases against Imran Khan

In January this year, Pakistan’s Election Commission issued bail warrants for Mr Khan and other top leaders of his party in a contempt case. The case is based on statements released by top PTI leaders against the electoral body and Chief Election Commissioner Sikander Sultan Raja.

The election watchdog had issued notices against them in August and September last year in exercising its contempt powers after PTI leaders repeatedly criticized the commission and the Raja for what they claim to be their partisan politics and their alleged favor of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. (PML-N).

He is also in trouble for failing to attend a hearing in a protest-related case before the electoral commission. PTI workers staged a protest after Mr Khan was disqualified by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in the banned funding case last year.

The investigation into the case began in October last year, when an FIR was registered against the former Pakistani prime minister for allegedly receiving banned foreign funds.

According Dawn, Wooton Cricket Limited owner Arif Masood Naqvi transferred ‘ill-gotten’ money to one of Mr Khan’s party accounts. He is accused of violating the provisions of Pakistan’s foreign exchange law by receiving suspicious financial transfers.

Mr Khan is facing another arrest warrant for allegedly threatening a female judge Zeba Chaudhry. The outburst came after the judge approved the dismissal of Mr Kahn’s assistant, Shahbaz Gill.

At a rally in October 2022, charges under Pakistan’s counter-terrorism law were brought against the PTI leader for his remarks at a rally where he threatened to press charges against his political opponents and senior government officials. the police. However, the harsh charges were dropped after the Islamabad High Court intervened.

In August last year, the cricketer-turned-politician was charged with breaching Article 144 by staging a rally in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

Pakistan’s former Minister of Information and Broadcasting earlier released a status of litigation report, which said Mr Khan himself was a petitioner in 19 cases that were filed against ministries and government departments. individuals.

The report also states that 21 FIRs are registered against the former prime minister, 11 of which were registered in a single day – May 25, 2022 – while eight were registered on May 26. The other three FIRs were recorded on August 8.

Mr. Khan has filed two complaints against the Election Commission of Pakistan while two others are registered against him in the High Court of Islamabad, according to the ANI news agency.


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