File Photo of Imran Khan

Dawood Ahmed:

ISLAMABAD: Police arrested Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) Chief, Imran Khan in the famous Toshakhana case after the court found him guilty on Saturday. Punjab police arrested the former prime minister from Zaman Park Lahore after the court announced the judgment.

Lahore Police Chief Bilal Siddique Kamiana confirmed the arrest and told reporters the former prime minister was being transferred to the capital.

Imran Khan convicted for 3 years

The court sentenced Imran — who was absent from court — to three years of imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs100,000 on him while hearing the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) criminal complaint against the PTI chief for concealing details of Toshakhana gifts. His lawyers were also not present.

“The court finds it more than convincing that the complainant (ECP) had provided confidence-inspiring, well-knitted and corroborated evidence, and so the charge against the accused has successfully been proven that the accused has committed an offense of corrupt practices by making and publishing false statements/declaration in respect of assets acquired by way of gifts from Toshakhana and disposed of during years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020,” Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Humayun Dilawar said in short order, a copy of which is available with Daily Quetta Voice.

Imran provided incorrect information: The Judge Said

The judge said that Imran also provided an “incorrect declaration” in Form-B — the statement of assets and liabilities — submitted to the ECP for the year 2020-2021.

“He has been found guilty of corrupt practices by hiding the benefits he accrued from the national exchequer wilfully and intentionally. He cheated while providing information of gifts he obtained from Toshakhana which later proved to be false and inaccurate.

“His dishonesty has been established beyond doubt,” the court order added.

It further said that the PTI chief was convicted under Section 174 (Offence of corrupt practices) of the Election Act and sentenced to three years in prison.

ADSJ Dilawar also directed that a copy of the order, along with the arrest warrant, should be sent to the Islamabad police chief for execution.

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