Confusion surrounds Imran Khan's transfer from Attock to Adiala Jail

Confusion surrounds Imran Khan's transfer from Attock to Adiala Jail

On Monday, confusion regarding the current whereabouts of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan emerged when Adiala jail authorities contradicted reports of the former prime minister's transfer to their facility, despite claims made by his legal team.

Following an order from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) directing authorities to relocate Khan from Attock jail, where he had been detained for over a month, members of his legal team asserted that the order had been executed. Naeem Panjhota, spokesperson for Khan on legal matters, announced that the ousted premier, who was removed from power through a parliamentary vote in April last year, had been moved to Adiala prison.

However, the administration of Adiala jail denied this assertion, stating that Khan had not been transferred to their facility. In a later statement on social media, Panjhota expressed bewilderment, as Attock jail authorities insisted they still had the PTI chairman in their custody. Khan's lawyer, Sher Afzal Marwat, provided details about the facilities provided to the deposed PM, mentioning that he was given an attached bathroom and all other amenities to which a former prime minister is entitled.

Marwat stated that Khan was transferred to the prison at 4 pm. During the court hearing earlier in the day, the IHC, while addressing a case concerning prison amenities for the PTI chief, directed authorities to move him to Adiala jail.

IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq noted that Khan was an under-trial prisoner in a case registered in Islamabad. He objected to keeping "an under-trial prisoner" in Attock jail instead of Adiala jail, as Khan had been imprisoned at Attock jail based on the sentence awarded in the Toshakhana case, which had been suspended.

The court also discussed Khan's entitlement to certain facilities, including exercise equipment, in line with his status as a former prime minister. The chief justice and Khan's legal team emphasized his rights and entitlements, ensuring they would not be violated.