Published On: Mon, Aug 7th, 2023

Pakistan ex-PM’s Party alleges Imran Khan’s Life in Jail is in Danger

Imran Khan

Following being convicted in an investigation into corruption by the court in Islamabad, Khan was placed under arrest and sentenced to three years in prison for his crime.

The political party of the jailed ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has expressed its concern for his security and safety in prison, claiming that “his life remains under threat” there.

After being found guilty of corruption by the judiciary in the nation’s capital, Islamabad, on Saturday, Khan, who is 70 years old, was taken into custody and sentenced to three years in prison.

According to Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the deputy chairman of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) group, when speaking to Al Jazeera, he stated that the former prime minister has not been permitted to meet with his attorneys for the past two days.

He stated that the leadership of the party is “extremely concerned” about Khan’s health and well-being.

The protection and well-being of Khan is our first priority. In an interview with Al Jazeera, Qureshi, who is additionally an EX foreign minister of Pakistan, stated that “we possess reasons for believing his life may be under threat.” I urge the higher courts of the country to take note, and we have faith that justice would prevail.

According to Qureshi, the jail in the Punjab region where Khan was being held does not have the necessary amenities, which are required to be provided to him because of his status as a former prime minister.

Khan wasn’t given any of the rights that are due to him as a prisoner. In order to communicate with him, we are having some difficulty. According to what he mentioned, we do not know what sort of food he is being provided, nor do we know how he is being treated at that location.

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He was supposed to be sent to Adiala jail per the court decision, yet instead, he was moved to Attock jail, and nobody has clarified to this point why that is the case, he stated, alluding to the 2 jails that are located in the province of Punjab in India.

In the province of Punjab, the city of Attock may be found around 100 kilometers (62 miles) to the northeast of the garrison city of Rawalpindi. The Pakistani authorities haven’t given any explanation for the alteration in the detention conditions as of yet.

One of Khan’s attorneys, Intazar Hussain Panjutha, stated to Al Jazeera that they were attempting to gain access to Khan in order to receive his authorization before beginning legal actions contesting his imprisonment.

Just now, we are awaiting a power of lawyer from him to arrive in the mail. But in order for that to happen, we need to talk to him. According to what he informed Al Jazeera, the authorities at the detention center have thus far disallowed and delayed him from exercising his right to speak with his attorneys.

The attorney continued by saying that they are telling us that he is being held in isolation in a very small cell.

Khan was found guilty of making false representations to the ECP regarding the gifts he received from foreign countries and officials when he was serving as prime minister and was consequently sentenced to serve time in jail for his actions.

Because of the sentence, Khan will be barred from competing in any election within the nation for a period of five years. This means that he is unable to participate in the national elections that are anticipated to take place in November.

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Khan served as the PM of the United Kingdom from 2018 until 2022, when he was dismissed from office after losing a vote of confidence in parliament.

Since then, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has been the target of an official crackdown, which escalated in May following rallies across the country over Khan’s brief imprisonment in connection with another corruption investigation.

Arrests have been made of thousands of PTI officials and workers for their involvement in attacks against government and military facilities. A significant number of those apprehended will likely be tried in accordance with stringent military regulations.

However, despite his desire for change, Khan continues to be the most popular political leader in the country.

The leader of the PTI Taimur Jhagra stated that the spirit of their party remains strong despite Khan’s imprisonment, adding that those who wished for the deconstruction of the party ought to feel disappointed.

Khan has provided his supporters with hope as well as a dream, and regardless of the possibility that you or I approve of it, he informed Al Jazeera that the people absolutely approve of it.

Qureshi stated that the only demand made by his party is to organize general elections as soon as possible.

According to what he said on Al Jazeera, elections are the only viable option for moving the country’s political and economic situation ahead and they are also the most democratic and reasonable means to do it.