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Former Pakistani PM Imran Khan arrested in Toshakhana case

Cricketer turned politician was found guilty of corrupt practices

01:24 PM | 5 Aug, 2023
Former Pakistani PM Imran Khan arrested in Toshakhana case
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ISLAMABAD – Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf Chief Imran Khan has been arrested in Toshakhana case.

Media reports suggest that PTI chief, 70, has been detained in the provincial capital Lahore and will be shifted to the country's federal capital Islamabad for further proceedings.

After getting the directions, a large contingent of Lahore police rushed to Zaman Park, the famous residence of the PTI chief, to arrest the politician, who is facing probably the darkest times of his politics.

The trial court issued an arrest warrant for the PTI chairman after sentencing him to three years in prison. The Inspector General of Islamabad Police has been directed to immediately arrest the ousted premier after the verdict in a graft case.

Security Beefed Up in Lahore, Islamabad 

Meanwhile, law enforcers are on high alert in provincial capital after court’s order. Contingent of Lahore police has been deployed around Zaman Park to avoid any mass protests in backlash of the much-anticipated arrest. There is a large movement of cops in other areas as well while the route from Canal Road to Mall Road and to Dharmapura has been closed for traffic.

Earlier today, Judge Humayun Dilawar declared PTI Chairman Imran Khan guilty of corrupt practices in the case and announced a sentence.

Judge said graft charges against former prime minister were proven, as the senior politician submitted bogus details to the electoral authority. 

PTI announces to file appeal in Supreme Court

Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf Chairman announced to file an appeal in the country's top court, Supreme Court of Pakistan, over the judgment that triggered new debate.

In a statement, the former ruling party turned down trial court’s verdict, calling it another dark event in the justice system.

Earlier this week, Islamabad High Court turned down the lower court’s verdict that had declared Tosh­akhana reference against Imran as maintainable for criminal proceedings. It further trashed PTI's chief appeal to transfer the case to another court.

This is for the second time that former prime minister detained in the case as he was earlier detained in another graft case.

Khan, 70, is facing over 150 cases since being removed from the premiership. He however refused all allegations of corrupt practices, saying the charges are politically motivated by his rivals.

Meanwhile, his arrest and disqualification have been linked with national elections that have to be held later this year in Pakistan. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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