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NAB seeks 14-day remand of PTI chief in Al-Qadir Trust case

ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) sought a 14-day physical remand of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday, as hearing on the Al-Qadir Trust case a land deal case in which he was arrested

a day earlier began at a location in the former premier’s custody.

According to sources, Khan’s legal team was denied permission to meet with the party chairman prior to the hearing; nonetheless, once the hearing began, Khan met with lawyers Khawaja Haris, Faisal Chaudhry, Ali Gohar, and Ali Bukhari during a hearing break.

Rangers arrested the former prime minister on Tuesday on the orders of the NAB, an independent anti-graft body, in connection with the Al-Qadir Trust case.

He was subsequently transferred to its headquarters in Rawalpindi, the garrison town, for questioning.

Following the announcement of the reserved judgment on Khan’s detention, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) stated that the arrest was valid; as a result, Khan’s legal team intends to appeal his arrest in the Supreme Court today.

The hearing took place at Khan’s detention facility.

It should be mentioned that Khan was not brought to court, and his planned hearing took place where he was detained.

The Islamabad chief commissioner previously stated that Khan will be presented at the New Police Guest House, Police Lines which has been given the one-time status of the court for this particular hearing, according to a notification issued by the Government of Pakistan.

The decision to put Khan in a special court rather than a NAB court was made due to security concerns for his life. According to sources, PTI head was transferred late at night from the NAB’s office to an unknown location.

“As a one-time dispensation, the Provincial Government is pleased to declare New Police Guest House, Police Lines Headquarters H 11/1, Islamabad, the venue for hearing of the case titled ‘District Election Commissioner Vs Imran Khan Niazi’ and for the appearance of Mr. Imran Khan Niazi before Honorable Judge Accountability Court – I, Islamabad on 10th May 2023, instead of F-8 Court Complex, Islamabad and Judicial Complex G 11/4,

He was brought before the accountability and magistrate courts at the same time, and for the first time, judges appeared at the guest home for the hearing.

It should be emphasized that admittance to the special court has only been permitted to persons on the court list, while coverage is granted at the discretion of the judges.

“We were stopped from meeting our client,” Babar Awan, a member of Khan’s legal team, told Geo News before the hearing. He further stated that no one is permitted to meet with PTI chairman, which is a violation of the Constitution.

PTI leaders Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Umar, Awan, and others were denied permission to attend the court or meet Khan upon their arrival.

Qureshi confirmed the news, saying they were on their way to IHC to inform the judges about the mistreatment.

It was learned that all preparations for the hearing had been finished and that a special courtroom had been set up in the Police Lines, with FC personnel stationed at the main entrance of the guest house.

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