Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan Granted Bail In Land Corruption Case

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted bail to Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Imran Khan, on Wednesday in a case concerning land corruption allegations. Khan, a former cricketer turned politician, was accused of receiving land from a real estate developer during his tenure as prime minister, allegedly in exchange for illicit favours.
Former Pak PM Imran Khan

Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan

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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted bail to Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Imran Khan, on Wednesday in a case concerning land corruption allegations. Khan, a former cricketer turned politician, was accused of receiving land from a real estate developer during his tenure as prime minister, allegedly in exchange for illicit favours.
The decision came after a two-member bench, comprising IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, reserved the verdict following arguments from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecution team and Khan's counsel, Sardar Latif Khan Khosa, as reported by Dawn.
The bail was set at Rs 1 million, but Khan remains in custody due to sentences he is serving in cipher and iddat cases. Notably, his sentences in two separate Toshakhana cases were suspended by the IHC.
During the court session on Tuesday, NAB Special Prosecutor Amjad Pervaiz indicated that the trial of Khan and his spouse was nearing completion in his closing remarks.
Last December, the National Accountability Bureau initiated an inquiry against Khan, his wife Bushra Bibi, and others, regarding the alleged acquisition of acres of land under the guise of the Al Qadir University Trust. This purportedly led to a reported loss of 190 million pounds to the national treasury.
In a bail petition filed in November of the same year, Khan alleged that NAB, acting as a tool of the previous Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) government, was politically targeting him through this case, according to Dawn.
The Al-Qadir Trust matter revolves around the settlement of 190 million pounds (approximately Rs 50 billion), transferred to Pakistan by the UK's National Crime Agency following its recovery from a Pakistani real estate magnate. During Khan's tenure as prime minister, he chose to allow the businessman to use the funds to partially settle a fine of around Rs 450 billion, previously imposed by the Supreme Court, rather than depositing it into the national treasury.
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