The Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued an order on Monday, directing the authorities to transfer the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from the District Jail Attock to the Central Jail Adiala in Rawalpindi.
Chief Justice of the IHC, Aamer Farooq, commented that the status of the PTI chairman’s sentence had changed following the suspension of the decision in the toshakhana case. He noted that all undertrial accused in Islamabad were being held at Adiala Jail.
The court questioned Additional Attorney General Munawar Dogal about why the former prime minister was still in Attock Jail and had not been transferred to Adiala Jail.
The chief justice pointed out that the court had been informed that the classification system in the jail had been altered.
Barrister Salman Safdar, counsel for the Chairman of PTI, argued that there were now common and better classes in the jail, and his client deserved to be in the better class.
The chief justice emphasized that the PTI chairman was a former prime minister and an educated individual, deserving facilities in accordance with jail rules.
Lawyer Sher Afzal Marawat requested the court to issue a written order regarding the relocation of the PTI chairman to Adiala Jail.
The court assured that it would attempt to issue the order on the same day.
It is worth mentioning that the trial court had sentenced the PTI chairman to three years in jail on August 5 in the toshakhana criminal case, and he was transferred to Attock Jail after his arrest.
However, an IHC bench later suspended the trial court’s decision. Nevertheless, he remained in the same jail after a lower court approved his judicial remand in the cipher case.
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