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Pakistan’s anti-corruption agency files case against Imran, Bushra Bibi in Al-Qadir Trust case

Islamabad: Pakistan’s anti-corruption watchdog on Friday formally registered a case against former Prime Minister Imran Khan, his wife Bushra Bibi and others in the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case after completing the investigation.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) alleged that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief and his wife received billions of rupees and dozens of acres of land from Bahria Town Limited, a private land development company, to launder Rs 50 billion. Seized by Britain and returned to the cash-strapped country.

Apart from Khan and Bibi, six others, including Bahria Town owner and prominent property businessman Malik Riaz, have been named among the accused.

Five more named in the case are Bibi’s close friend Farhat Shehzadi, former special assistants to the Prime Minister Shehzad Akbar and Zulfi Bukhari, legal experts from the PTI government’s Assets Recovery Unit (ARU), Ziaul Mustafa Naseem and Ahmed Riaz.

The 71-year-old leader was initially arrested by the NAB on May 9 for investigation into the case, which resulted in widespread violence by his supporters.

The cricketer-turned-politician was released by the Supreme Court after a few days.

He was arrested again on 14 November while imprisoned in Adiala jail in the cipher case.

After this, Khan was handed over to the watchdog on physical remand.

In the last hearing of the case on 27 November, accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir rejected NAB’s request to extend Khan’s physical remand and instead sent him to jail on 14-day judicial remand.

In the last hearing on November 24, the judge had directed NAB to complete its investigation and submit the report.

NAB said in the case filed on Friday, “The accused (…) were given several opportunities to justify and provide information, but they deliberately, with malicious intent, under one pretext or the other, refused to provide the information.

“Further, from his responses it has been established that he has nothing in his defense to refute the above allegations. Thus, all of them have committed an offense under the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO).

It said the investigation proceedings and findings revealed that the accused persons have colluded with each other to commit the offense of corruption and corrupt practices as defined under the NAO.

It requested that the eight suspects be prosecuted and punished according to the law.

Khan is currently facing multiple cases in Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail, most of which were initiated after his ouster from the government in April last year.

(This report has been published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. Except for the headline, there have been no edits to the body by ABP Live.)

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