Rana Sana refutes claims of torture on Imran Khan
May 9, 2023 06:19 PM
Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah Tuesday categorically denied reports of inflicting torture on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan during his arrest by Rangers personnel from Islamabad High Court (IHC).
Imran Khan was arrested from the Islamabad High Court’s premises earlier today where he was present for two hearings on Tuesday afternoon.
Soon after the arrest, Islamabad police released a statement quoting Inspector General of Police Akbar Nasir as saying that Imran had been arrested in relation to the case which alleges that the PTI chief and his wife obtained billions of rupees from a real estate firm for legalising a laundered amount of Rs50 billion that was identified and returned to the country by the UK during the previous PTI government.
Rana Sanaullah said Imran was arrested by officials of the National Accountability Bureau specifically in the Al-Qadir Trust case, adding that there were “dozens” of other cases with corruption inquiries in progress against the former premier.
He said the value of the property is Rs5 to 7 billion and Supreme Court did not take notice of money coming from abroad.
He alleged that Shahzad Akbar took Rs2 billion for doing brokerage while Imran Khan inflicted Rs60 billion to the national treasury.
He claimed the registry of property and all other proofs are available.
Sanaullah said nobody questioned when the stolen money was being adjusted in the Supreme Court account.
He said that resistance was made in the arrest of Imran Khan.
Rana Sana alleged that gifts were stolen from Tosha Khana and sold abroad at high prices.
He said Farah Gogi sent out Rs12 billion through the banking channel.
“In Imran Khan's government, Chairman NAB was held hostage,” said Rana Sanaullah.
The interior minister said a laundered amount of 190 million pounds or around Rs70 billion belonging to a “property tycoon” was caught in the United Kingdom.
“According to the law, this amount rightfully belonged to the people of Pakistan,” he added, further saying that it was to be deposited in the national treasury and the UK government had contacted the Pakistani government regarding the amount’s return.
He said it was not the case of an action to seek revenge but a clear case of corruption.
Meanwhile, Sanaullah alleged that former accountability czar Mirza Shehzad Akbar had gotten involved and “an agreement was then realised, as a result of which an Al-Qadir Trust was made”.
The interior minister said that subsequently property of 240 kanals in Bani Gala and another 458-kanal property was registered in the trust’s name. Sanaullah said he had previously provided details of the properties and had challenged the PTI chief to answer that “Al-Qadir trust was made by you to hide this corruption and bribery.”
The interior minister said Imran and his wife Bushra Bibi were the only two trustees in the matter.
“The 240 kanals in Bani Gala are registered on the name of Farah Gogi. The total worth of this property is around Rs5-7bn,” he said, alleging that Akbar had also taken Rs2bn for his “services”.
“Instead of bringing that Rs70bn amount in the national treasury, it was adjusted in the Supreme Court account of the property tycoon whose case was under trial in the apex court. Meaning his amount was returned back to him.”
The interior minister rued that not even the Supreme Court had taken notice of the matter as to the source of the amount, who it belonged to and why it was coming to Pakistan. Sanaullah said he challenged all PTI leaders wailing about Imran’s arrest to tell who who Al-Qadir’s trustees were and provide a money trail for the property bought in the trust’s name.