Imran Khan Remains in Attock Jail Despite Toshakhana Sentence Suspension

ISLAMABAD: In a recent development, a special court in Islamabad has directed Attock Jail authorities to maintain the judicial custody of PTI Chairman Imran Khan in the cipher case, despite the Islamabad High Court’s suspension of his three-year sentence in the Toshakhana case. The court has instructed the jail authorities to produce Imran Khan for a hearing on August 30 in connection with the cipher case.

The PTI chief, along with party Leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi, was named in an FIR under the Official Secrets Act on August 5. This ruling comes after the completion of respondents’ arguments and the subsequent reservation of the verdict by the Islamabad High Court. The court ordered the release of Imran Khan on bail from Attock Jail, with detailed reasons for the suspension of the sentence to be provided later.

Imran Khan had challenged the trial court’s decision regarding his right to a defense in the Toshakhana case in the Islamabad High Court. The PTI chairman requested the high court to declare the trial court’s order void, restore his right to defense, and expedite the handling of his petition.

In the Toshakhana case, the District and Sessions Court had previously sentenced Imran Khan to three years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 100,000. Furthermore, due to his conviction for corrupt conduct, he was deemed ineligible to occupy public office for five years. The court found Imran Khan guilty of submitting false details of Toshakhana gifts to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

After hearing Imran Khan’s petition against his prison term, the Islamabad High Court, comprised of Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, issued the much-anticipated stay of his sentence. The court’s brief ruling authorized his release on bail, with the promise of providing precise grounds for the suspension in the next comprehensive verdict.

According to a legal expert, PTI chief Imran Khan is likely to be sent to Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi because the Federal Investigation Agency has filed the cipher case in Islamabad.