IHC approves Imran Khan’s bail plea


£190m reference
IHC orders authorities to release the PTI founder against surety bond of Rs1 million
The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday approved Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan’s bail petition in the £190 million National Crime Agency (NCA) settlement reference.
A two-member bench, comprising IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, had reserved the verdict on the bail petition a day earlier after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor Amjad Parvez concluded his arguments.
In December last year, the NAB had filed a £190 million NCA reference against Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi and others.
The other accused named in the reference are Farhat Shezadi (Farah Gogi), Mirza Shehzad Akbar, Zulfi Bukhari and others.
In the reference, the NAB Rawalpindi said that accused persons in connivance with each other have committed the offence of corruption and corrupt practices as defined and punishable under the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999.
The IHC, its short order today, ordered the authorities to release the PTI founder against the surety bond of Rs1 million.
The court announced the short verdict in an open court verbally, however, the detailed order will be issued later.
Khan, the deposed premier who ousted from power via opposition’s no-confidence motion in April 2022, has been facing slew of charges ranging from corruption to terrorism since his removal as the premier.
He has been behind bars since August last year after he was sentenced in Toshakhana case and subsequently convicted in other cases as well including cipher and illegal marriage cases.
Due to his conviction his other cases, the former premier will remain behind bars despite securing relief in the £190 million reference.