Imran Khan indicted in Toshakhana case

 The Islamabad court indicted former PM Imran Khan despite boycott of the proceedings by his lawyers

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan was indicted on Wednesday in the Toshakhana case even though the PTI chief and his legal team boycotted the proceedings. Imran was scheduled to appear before a local court in the federal capital that had fixed his indictment for May 10 in the case last week.

Today's indictment came despite Imran’s request to postpone it. The indictment in the case was pending for a long period of time as the PTI chairman had been avoiding appearing before the court.

Additional Sessions Judge Humayun Dilawar framed charges against the former PM Imran Khan who is in NAB’s custody in the case for “deliberately concealing ” details of the gifts he retained from the Toshakhana  a repository where presents handed to government officials from foreign officials are kept  during his tenure as the prime minister. Imran khan however, denied the charges and claimed innocence.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had sought proceedings under the criminal law against the former prime minister in the case.

 The hearing for the Toshakhana case was also held at the New Police Line Guest House after the hearing for the Al-Qadir Trust case, in which the PTI chief was arrested from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) a day earlier, was wrapped up.

Speaking to the media after the hearing of the case, Imran Khan’s lawyer Sher Afzal Marwat said that the former prime minister and lawyers boycotted the indictment proceedings. He maintained that the court indicted the PTI chief despite him expressing lack of confidence on the judge hearing the case.


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