Imran arrested by NAB according to law: Interior Minister

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah says PTI Chief Imran Khan has been arrested in the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case for embezzling 60 billion rupees.

Talking to media in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said UK’s agencies have traced ill-gotten money worth 190 million pounds of a property tycoon, which actually belonged to the people of Pakistan.

He said that 190 million pounds equal to 60 billion rupees had to be repatriated to the national exchequer of Pakistan, but it was adjusted in Supreme Court’s account.

He said what an irony it was that the apex court did not take notice of the adjustment of this big amount.

Giving detail of the corruption in the name of Al-Qadir Trust, Rana Sanaullah said over 450 kanal of land situated in Sohawa and another piece of land measuring 224 Kanal in Banigala were registered in the name of this trust.

He said it is worth noting that Imran Khan and his spouse are sole trustees of this property.

He further disclosed that 240 kanal land in Bannigala was registered in the name of Imran Khan’s front-woman Farah Gogi, who was the closed confidante of the then Prime Minister and his wife.

He said in this way Farah Gogi also grabbed seven billion rupees, while another frontman of the former ruler namely Shehzad Akbar also looted two billion rupees.

The Interior Minister said Shehzad Akbar is now absconding in London and Dubai. He said Farah Gogi was involved in transferring 12 billion rupees abroad through banking channels and investigation agencies are also investigating this matter.

The Interior Minister said Imran Khan inflicted a loss of 60 billion rupees on the national exchequer and the National Accountability Bureau is investigating the corruption cases against the PTI chief.

He said NAB had first served a notice on Imran Khan to join the investigation, but he challenged the notice in the high court, which too asked the PTI Chief to cooperate with the investigation agencies and join the inquiry.

He said despite all this Imran Khan remained stubborn and did not appear before the NAB. Consequently, the NAB had to arrest him.

The Interior Minister said Imran Khan's arrest has been made in accordance with law. He said NAB is an independent institution and government has no influence on its functioning.

Responding to a question about PTI workers' protest against the arrest, he said no one will be allowed to take law into their hands.

Source: Radio Pakistan