In his first speech following the detention of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated on Wednesday that “all evidence” against the PTI leader was there in the Al-Qadir Trust case. According to him, an investigation is being carried out by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) based on the available data. He further questioned the manner in which the PTI cabinet was “completely in the dark” regarding the situation.
A day after being detained outside the Islamabad High Court, Dawn reported that Khan was turned over to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Al-Qadir Trust case for eight days. According to Dawn, Khan was charged in the Toshakhana case earlier in the day.
Khan was sued in August 2022 by the coalition government, which was led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), on the grounds that he failed to disclose information about presents given to Toshakhana and the money made from the “illegal” sale of some of the goods.
The court postponed its decision during the hearing earlier today about the NAB’s request for a 14-day physical detention of Khan in the Al-Qadir Trust case. Security at Police Lines in Islamabad’s H-11 was intensified with a significant increase in the number of police officers deployed before Khan was brought before the court. In addition, protests grew in intensity in a number of Pakistani cities, including Quetta, Karachi, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, and Lahore, resulting in at least one fatality and numerous injuries. According to local media sources, PTI supporters stormed the Pakistan Army headquarters in Rawalpindi and the Corps Commander’s home in Lahore in unprecedented scenes.