Imran Khan has criticized the justice system of Pakistan and labeled the return of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif as the execution of a London “agreement.” In a statement released through his family on October 24, Khan expressed his dismay, which was later tweeted from his official PTI account on Friday.
Nawaz Sharif, the three-time former prime minister, returned from a four-year self-imposed exile in London on October 21. Protective bail was granted to him in two corruption cases, and arrest warrants in another case were suspended, allowing for his smooth return.
Khan voiced his concerns about the leniency shown to Nawaz and stated, “The only way a convicted criminal could be allowed to return to politics with a clean chit is by destroying state institutions. And hence, what we are witnessing is a complete collapse of our justice system.”
Khan also defended himself against allegations of politically motivated cases, claiming they were fabricated to keep him in jail. He cited growing political awareness and resistance against behind-the-scenes conspiracies in the nation.
He briefly mentioned his health, indicating that he was physically fit and could detect any changes in his well-being. Khan also raised concerns about possible poisoning attempts on his life while in jail.
Khan urged the people to continue their struggle and informed that the party leadership had been advised to begin campaigning for elections.
In a recent development favoring Nawaz Sharif, the Islamabad High Court restored his appeals against convictions in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia cases, allowing him to pursue nullification of the sentences he received in the corruption cases.
The Punjab government also approved the suspension of Nawaz’s sentence in the Al-Azizia reference. Nawaz had been serving a 10-year jail sentence for corruption and non-cooperation with anti-graft authorities, along with a seven-year sentence in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case.
His release from jail in March 2019 and subsequent travels to London for medical treatment had raised legal questions, but the recent protective bail paved the way for his return to Pakistan.