ISLAMABAD — In a significant development on Saturday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered officials at Attock Jail to permit the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, to meet his family and lawyers, in line with legal provisions.
Highlighting the rights of the incarcerated, the court’s written directive also mandated that the PTI leader be granted access to medical facilities. Moreover, recognizing Khan’s spiritual needs, the court directed the prison authorities to provide him (the former prime minister) with a prayer mat and an English version of the Holy Quran.
IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri emphasized the necessity to ensure Khan received all his entitled facilities under the Prisoners’ Privilege Rights (PPR).
Separately, the IHC has requested detailed records related to the Toshakhana case, the basis of Khan’s present detention at Attock Jail. This move comes as a response to Khan’s appeal against his conviction in the said case. Additionally, the court has also issued a notice to the district election commissioner of Islamabad.
Earlier this month, the District and Sessions Court found Khan culpable of corruption, notably for deliberately providing misleading details regarding Toshakhana gifts to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Consequently, he was sentenced to a three-year jail term, fined Rupees 100,000 PKR and was deemed ineligible to occupy any public office for the next five years. Following the verdict, Khan was detained from his residence in Zaman Park, Lahore, and subsequently transferred to Attock Jail.