His imprisonment had raised fresh concerns of violence but only scattered rallies have been held around the country. Unlike the violent protests that followed Khan’s arrest in May, there was no sign of any mass uprising on Sunday despite the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief calling for supporters to protest.
Meanwhile, media reports highlighted discrepancies in Khan’s arrest, including the fact that he was arrested by the Punjab Police and is being kept in Attock jail near Islamabad — despite the court order clearly directing the Islamabad Police to make the arrest and lodge him in Central Prison Adyala, Rawalpindi.
Here are the top developments through the day:
Attock prison a ‘no go’ area, lawyers denied access
Khan was taken by police from his home in the eastern city of Lahore on Saturday and transferred to Attock jail just outside Islamabad, where a court had convicted him of charges arising over the sale of state gifts.
“Attock prison is a ‘No Go’ area for (his) legal team as well as locals in the vicinity,” said Naeem Haider Panjotha, Khan’s spokesperson for legal affairs, adding they were unable to take him food or arrange the signing of legal documents.
It was not clear whether Khan would appear in court on Monday, after a trial court’s surprise weekend decision sentencing him to three years in prison.
His Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party said it had filed appeals in higher courts over the decision.
“Chairman’s legal team is not being given access to him for getting legal documents signed, as per the prerequisite, despite appeals made to Superintendent Attock Prison & Additional Home Secretary Punjab,” said PTI.
Subdued response to arrest
The nationwide reaction to the arrest was largely quiet, a contrast to widespread violent clashes that plunged the country into turmoil after Khan’s several-day arrest in May, despite calls by his party on Saturday for nationwide peaceful protests.
Thousands of Khan’s aides and supporters have been arrested since May, according to the interior minister. Many pro-Khan parliamentarians were also arrested and have distanced themselves from Khan, with some resigning from politics.
Section 144 imposed in several Punjab districts for seven days
Following Khan’s arrest, the authorities have imposed section 144 for seven days in several districts of Punjab.
According to official notifications, the districts include Kasur, Jhelum, Mianwali, Mandi Bahauddin and Rawalpindi districts.
“There is a ban on all gatherings, public meetings, demonstrations, sit-ins and rallies for seven days under section 144,” authorities said.
Earlier on Saturday, police declared a high-security alert in Islamabad and Rawalpindi amid apprehensions of protests after the court’s verdict.
Elections likely to be delayed, Khan may be barred from politics
Khan’s conviction likely means the cricket star-turned-politician will be disqualified from running in a national election.
His arrest came days before the government was expected to dissolve parliament, which would normally lead to elections by November. But the government decided on Saturday to use the latest census as part of election procedure, potentially delaying the vote.
Legal experts say the conviction means Khan would likely be disqualified form politics for five years.
Media reports highlight discrepancies in arrest
Imran Khan awoke on Sunday as an inmate in the high-security Attock prison in Attock city but should have been in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, according to the order issued by an Islamabad trial court that found the former Pakistan prime minister guilty in a corruption case. Khan,
According to the court order, additional district and sessions judge Humayun Dilawar ordered the Islamabad police chief to arrest the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, instead it was the Punjab police that arrested Khan.
The court order issued for the inspector general of police (IGP) Islamabad said: “This is to authorise and require you the I.G. Islamabad Police to arrest the convict Imran Khan Niazi son of Ikramullah Khan and to send him to Central Prison Adyala, Rawalpindi, for serving out the stated sentences,” the Dawn newspaper reported.
“This is to authorise and require you the said superintendent to receive the said convict Imran Khan Niazi into your custody in the said jail, together with this warrant for serving out the stated sentences,” said another court order issued for the Adiala jail superintendent.
However, Khan was neither arrested by the capital police nor detained at Adiala jail, the report said.
Attock prison is the same jail where former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was kept after his arrest following the toppling of his government.
(With inputs from agencies)
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