ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) today announced its judgement reserved a day earlier and suspended PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s three-year sentence in the Toshakhana case.
The court order was announced by a division bench comprising Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri on the former prime minister’s appeal against his prison term.
“The copy of the judgment will be available shortly … all we are saying now is that [Imran’s] request has been approved,” Justice Farooq said.
PTI chairman’s aide on legal affairs Naeem Haider Panjotha also confirmed the same in a post on X (formerly Twitter): “The CJ has accepted our request, suspended the sentence and said a detailed decision would be provided later.”
According to sources, the PTI chief has been directed to submit a surety bond of Rs100,000 against the bail.
However, a special court recently established to hear cases under the Official Secrets Act has directed the Attock Jail officials to keep Imran in “judicial lockup” and produce him on Aug 30 (tomorrow) in connection with the cipher case.
The verdict comes as a major legal victory for Khan who had challenged his conviction and sentence awarded to him in the Toshakhana case.
Earlier this month, a district and sessions court in the federal capital had sentenced Khan to three years in prison and imposed a fine of Rs100,000, after finding him guilty of corrupt practices related to the state gift repository — in a move that barred him from contesting elections due later this year.
The former prime minister, who has been disqualified from holding any public office due to the conviction, was arrested immediately after the trial court’s ruling on August 5 and has since been incarcerated in Attock jail.