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Pakistan News Imran Khan faces arrest warrant in Al-Qadir Trust Toshakhana gift case PTI

An anti-corruption court in Pakistan on Monday issued an arrest warrant against former Prime Minister Imran Khan in connection with two cases related to Al-Qadir Trust and Toshakhana gifts. Accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir issued the warrant on the request of the country’s anti-corruption watchdog, the National Accountability Court (NAB), news agency PTI reported. The Al-Qadir Trust case involves the disposal of £190 million (about Rs 50 billion) sent to Pakistan by Britain’s National Crime Agency. Instead of depositing the amount in the national treasury during his tenure as Prime Minister, Khan had reportedly allowed a property tycoon to use it to settle the fine imposed by the Supreme Court.

In return for this favour, the tycoon reportedly gifted about 57 acres of land in the Sohawa area of ​​Punjab’s Jhelum district to a trust set up by Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi for Al-Qadir University. Additionally, the court issued an arrest warrant for Khan in the Toshakhana gift case, which was separate from the case in which he was convicted in August and later granted bail. The Election Commission of Pakistan had earlier filed a case, accusing Khan of concealing the income received from the sale of gifts received from Toshakhana.

The National Accountability Court sought an arrest warrant against Khan to facilitate completion of investigation in both the cases, news agency PTI reported. The court directed the superintendent of Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, where Khan is currently detained in connection with the Cipher case, to ensure compliance. Meanwhile, Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi appeared before the NAB in Islamabad for questioning related to the Al-Qadir Trust case. After questioning, NAB provided him with a questionnaire consisting of 11 questions.

Imran Khan was initially arrested on May 9 in the Al-Qadir Trust case, sparking violent protests by his supporters. Although he was released by the Supreme Court on 11 May, he was arrested again after his conviction in the Toshakhana case. The Islamabad High Court later granted him two weeks’ bail in the Al-Qadir Trust case. In a separate development, the caretaker government reportedly added Bushra Bibi’s name to the no-fly list based on NAB’s recommendation in the Al-Qadir Trust case, Duniya News reported.

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