Despite Islamabad High Court’s directions, PTI Chairman Imran Khan was not immediately relocated to Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail. This delay was attributed to security concerns and the absence of a written order. However, Khan’s lawyers, notably Barrister Naeem Panjhota, asserted that Khan had already moved to Adiala Jail. This claim contradicted the statement by the Attock Jail administration, confusing social media.
Chief Justice Aamer Farooq had instructed Khan’s move, recognizing that under-trial prisoners from federal courts are usually housed in Adiala Jail. This came after Sher Afzal Khan Marwat, Khan’s counsel, pointed out the court’s suspension of Khan’s sentence in the Toshakhana case, implying he should be held in Adiala Jail.
As Khan awaits his trial in the cipher case, IHC Chief Justice Farooq reserved his decision on an FIA application requesting in-camera proceedings due to the case’s sensitive nature under the Official Secrets Act. Khan’s defense emphasized security reasons outlined by the law ministry for conducting Khan’s trial inside the jail premises.
In a related matter, Khan was also summoned over his alleged ‘un-Islamic’ marriage to Bushra Bibi. Security risks were cited as reasons for his non-appearance. Despite police presence and a helicopter spotted over Attock Jail, Khan’s relocation to Adiala Jail by air remained speculative. The background reveals that Khan was moved to Attock Jail on August 5 after a conviction in the Toshakhana case, leading to his five-year disqualification from elections.
However, his sentence was later suspended by the IHC, but custody continues due to the ongoing cipher case.