Accountability court hears Imran Khan's case at Police Lines in Islamabad

Accountability court hears Imran Khan's case at Police Lines in Islamabad

Islamabad (Web Desk): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former premier Imran Khan was presented at the Islamabad Police Lines, which has been given the status of a court venue.

The PTI chief was arrested on Tuesday from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) premises under a warrant issued by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) that accuses him of corruption and corrupt practices under Section 9(a) of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999.

As per the accountability watchdog, Imran and his wife obtained billions of rupees and land worth hundreds of kanals from Bahria Town Ltd for legalising Rs50 billion that was identified and returned to the country by the UK during the previous PTI government.

A late-night notification issued by the Islamabad commissioner’s office said the ex-prime minister would be appearing in two cases at the venue, where sources say he is being detained.

Earlier, the Islamabad chief commissioner earlier said that Khan, instead of being taken to F-8 Court Complex and Judicial Complex G 11/4, will be presented at New Police Guest House, Police Lines,  which has been given one-time status of the court for this particular hearing, a notification issued by the Government of Pakistan read.

The decision to present Khan at a special court instead of a NAB court was taken in view of security threats to his life.

In a tweet, the Islamabad Police said that strict security will be placed ahead of the hearing and only permitted persons would be allowed inside the court.

The police further said that armed security has been kept on “high alert” considering the “risks of terrorism”.