Imran Khan ready to spend rest of his life behind bars, says lawyer

Imran Khan ready to spend rest of his life behind bars, says lawyer

The lawyer of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was arrested in Lahore on Saturday, said the 70-year-old jailed leader was “ready to spend his whole life in jail”. The attorney for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief further alleged that Khan was lodged in a small bug-infested cell in Attock jail where he is lodged after the court ruling on Saturday came as a blow to Khan.

“The PTI chairman says he is ready to spend his whole life in jail,” the lawyer was quoted as saying by Geo News.

In fresh allegations, Imran Khan’s lawyer said that the PTI supremo has alleged that police did not show him an arrest warrant and tried to break the door of his wife’s room when they were at his home in Lahore.

Imran Khan was arrested from his residence shortly after the Islamabad trial court found him guilty of “corrupt practices” in the Toshakhana corruption case and sentenced him to three years in jail.


Khan’s attorney, Naeem Haider Panjotha, said that his client was provided C-class facilities in the jail in Punjab province.

Panjotha said the jail cell where the cricketer-turned-politician was infested with flies and bugs. He is in a small room “which has an open washroom”, Panjotha said after meeting Khan in prison on Monday. He told reporters that Khan complained that he has been kept in a dark room with an open toilet, frequented by flies and ants.

“I have been kept in a dark room with no television or newspaper available. Nobody is allowed to meet me as if I am a terrorist,” Panjotha quoted Khan as saying.

The lawyer stated Khan’s alleged jail conditions after having met him in prison for one hour and 45 minutes in the presence of a jail official to get his signature for launching appeals against his conviction.


Imran Khan was shifted to Attock jail in the city of Attock in Punjab province, despite the court order directing authorities that he be sent to Adiala prison in Rawalpindi. The verdict came as Pakistan is heading for general elections later this year, with the current National Assembly set to complete its term on August 12.

The cricketer-turned-politician has been accused of illegally selling state gifts for profit worth USD 497,500. Khan has denied wrongdoings, saying he legally bought the gifts from Toshakhana, a government-owned treasure house.

This is the second time in three months that Khan has been arrested.

Earlier, he was arrested on May 9 in Islamabad from the high court’s premises in the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case, sparking violent protests by his supporters. Khan faces more than 140 cases on numerous charges, including terrorism, blasphemy, corruption and murder.

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Aug 8, 2023

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