Islamabad, Pakistan – Since his removing from energy final yr, former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has been slapped with dozens of costs, together with some during which he faces arrest.
In an interview with Al Jazeera on Thursday, Khan stated no less than 85 circumstances have been filed in opposition to him throughout the nation. “Each different day some form of case comes up,” he stated.
The circumstances in opposition to the 70-year-old cricketer-turned-politician embody costs of corruption, terrorism, contempt of courts, rioting and even blasphemy.
Right here’s a lowdown on the principle costs in opposition to Khan:
The instant authorized problem Khan faces issues the items he acquired from overseas international locations when he served as prime minister between August 2018 and April 2022.
Prosecutors allege Khan offered these items and hid his wealth in monetary declarations submitted earlier than the election fee.
On March 7, the Excessive Courtroom in Islamabad issued an arrest warrant in opposition to him within the case. The previous premier evaded arrest and as a substitute filed a petition in the identical court docket requesting the cancellation of the warrant.
The court docket then requested Khan to look earlier than it on March 13. The opposition politician, who had been dodging court docket appearances citing threats to his life, didn’t present up.
A livid court docket then issued a non-bailable warrant in opposition to Khan, triggering violence in Lahore for 2 days as police, of their try and arrest him, clashed with lots of of the politician’s supporters exterior his dwelling.
A trial court docket in Islamabad on Thursday rejected a petition by Khan to droop the warrant for him to look in court docket. The order will increase the chance of one other police try and arrest him.
The Islamabad Excessive Courtroom had earlier given Khan a deadline of March 18 to make an look.
On Thursday, he advised Al Jazeera he’ll attend. “I’m showing within the court docket on the 18th,” he stated, calling the police operation to arrest him 4 days earlier than the deadline “illegal”.
Khan additionally dismissed allegations about promoting the state items he acquired. “Let me make clear this allegation about state items … Every part I’ve carried out is lawful,” he stated.
Khan additionally faces “terrorism” costs over a speech he made throughout one of many many rallies he has been holding since dropping energy to demand instant nationwide elections.
Addressing his supporters in Islamabad in August final yr, Khan made some remarks in opposition to his political opponents, and police and judicial officers. In his speech, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) celebration chief named a feminine decide who had ordered the arrest of certainly one of his shut aides.
The assertion in opposition to the decide led to a “terrorism” cost in opposition to Khan. If convicted, he even faces disqualification from contesting elections or holding public workplace in future – a setback he can not afford as he seeks to return to energy in nationwide elections scheduled for later this yr.
If Khan is arrested, the PTI has threatened mass protests, compounding the difficulties for a authorities already battling an financial disaster.
Following clashes between Khan’s supporters and the safety forces earlier this week, police in Lahore filed a number of prison costs in opposition to him.
The primary data report, additionally referred to as FIR, reveals Khan has been accused of rioting, try and homicide, abetment of violence and prison conspiracy underneath the nation’s anti-terrorism regulation.
Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Act, handed in 1997, carries a most sentence of life in jail and even capital punishment.
Related costs had been additionally filed in opposition to Khan in October final yr after his celebration staff protested exterior the workplace of the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP).
The demonstration was in response to the ECP’s determination to disqualify Khan from attending parliament for classes over the state items case.
Khan was additionally charged with no less than 17 circumstances in varied police stations in Islamabad after a “lengthy march” he led in Could final yr to protest his removing from energy.
Almost all of the circumstances included costs of abetment of violence, rioting, injury to public property and prison intimidation amongst others.
Khan was granted pre-arrest bail in all of the circumstances.