IHC reserves verdict on Imran Khan’s bail plea in £190 million settlement case

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has kept the fate of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan hanging as it deliberates on his bail plea regarding the £190 million settlement case. On Tuesday, a two-member bench led by IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri decided to reserve the verdict after hearing arguments from both sides.

Representing the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), special prosecutor Amjad Parvez asserted that the funds, which are subject to the case, ought to have been remitted to the Pakistani government.

Parvez stressed the Supreme Court’s verdict, which highlighted the erroneous deposition of funds into the Supreme Court’s account, labeling it a grave deception. Concluding his statements, Parvez urged the court to prioritize the trial proceedings over considering bail at this stage.

However, countering the prosecution’s assertions, Imran Khan’s lawyer, Sardar Latif Khosa, raised questions on the allegations, particularly those attributed to former aide Shahzad Akbar. Khosa argued against holding Imran Khan accountable for matters beyond his control.

Khosa emphasized the absence of Imran Khan’s signature, as confirmed by an NAB witness. He clarified that no funds were directed to either Imran Khan’s or his wife, Bushra Bibi’s accounts.

“Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi did not derive any personal benefit from these transactions,” Khosa highlighted.

With the arguments from both sides concluded, the court has reserved its judgment on Imran Khan’s bail plea concerning the case. The case in question alleges corruption and misuse of authority during the PTI’s tenure, purportedly resulting in a £190 million loss to the national exchequer.

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