PTI Founder Imran Khan Faces Two-Week Meeting Ban in Prison

The founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, has been prohibited from conducting meetings inside Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail for a period of two weeks. This decision was made by the Punjab Home Ministry.

Imran Khan, who is also the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, has been serving a cumulative sentence of 31 years in Adiala jail for various cases. He was transferred to Adiala jail from Attock jail in September 2023.

During his imprisonment, Khan had been engaging with his lawyers, party leaders, and family members, as the authorities had previously allocated Mondays and Thursdays for meetings. However, this recent development has put a temporary halt to these meetings.

Khan and the former foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, were each sentenced to 10 years in the cipher case in January. This case was related to the publication of contents of a secret cable sent by Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington to the government in Islamabad.

Following this, an accountability court awarded Khan and his wife, Bushra Bibi, a 14-year sentence in the Toshakhana reference. This case was related to the misuse of his premiership from 2018 to 2022 to buy and sell gifts in state possession that were received during visits abroad. These gifts were worth more than Rs140 million ($635,000). The court also imposed a fine of Rs1.57 billion — Rs787 million each — on the couple.

In addition, Khan and Bushra were sentenced to another seven years, along with a Rs500,000 penalty each, in the “un-Islamic nikah” case. This case was related to their marriage before the completion of the 90-day iddat period following Bushra’s divorce.

Furthermore, Khan and his wife were indicted in the £190 million case during the jail trial that was conducted in the Adiala jail.

In recent months, Khan’s party and associates have repeatedly demanded his release from these “fabricated” cases and have raised concerns for his safety inside the prison.

Last week, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed to have arrested three terrorists and recovered a map of Adiala Jail, a hand grenade, and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from their possession. Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) Khalid Hamdani stated that police recovered automatic weapons and ammunition from the terrorists, who hailed from Afghanistan.

In November, police had found a suspicious bag laden with an explosive device near Adiala Road in Gorakhpur, Rawalpindi, just one kilometre away from the facility.

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