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PTI seeks A class facilities for Imran Khan

The plea submitted to IHC said that the former premier had been “confined in a 9x11 feet cell with an annexed dirty bathroom”.

On Monday, the PTI party submitted a request to the IHC, seeking the relocation of PTI Chairman Imran Khan from Attock Jail to Adiala Jail.

The party argued that considering his “educational background, lifestyle, and standing in society and politics,” he should be granted improved conditions or facilities of A-class standard while in jail.

The plea said that the former premier had been “confined in a 9×11 feet cell with an annexed dirty bathroom”. It further said that the room was a “dirty cell which has traditionally been reserved for terrorists”.

Imran Khan was arrested on August 5 after a district and sessions court in the federal capital convicted him for corrupt practices related to the state gift depository — allegations which he denies.

“Charges of misdeclaration of assets have been proven against PTI chairman,” Judge Humayun Dilawar wrote in his judgment, handing Khan three years in jail, along with a fine of Rs100,000, while issuing an arrest warrant for his immediate arrest.

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After his arrest, Imran Khan was moved to Attock jail. The ex-premier was given B-Class facilities by the Punjab prisons department. His lawyers and the party claimed on Sunday they were not allowed by the jail administration to meet the PTI chairman.

The legal team said they wanted to get in touch with Imran to provide him with clothes, food and other necessary items, and also get his signatures. The jail authorities did not allow a meeting with the PTI chairman and asked the lawyers to come back on Monday to get power of attorney.

On Monday, Panjotha, spokesman to Imran on legal affairs, reached the IHC where he filed a petition, which urged the court to declare Imran’s detention in Attock Jail “illegal” and for the ex-premier to be shifted to Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

The petition further requested for “better class/A-Class” jail facilities to be provided to the PTI chief under Rule 243 (classifying authority) of the Pakistan Prison Rules (PPR) read with Rule 248 (classification of under-trial prisoners) of the same.

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