A UN group demanded the release of Imran Khan, the Pakistani government called it an ‘internal issue’

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A UN group has demanded the immediate release of jailed former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, claiming he has been imprisoned “arbitrarily in violation of international laws” and aimed at disqualifying him from contesting elections.

Islamabad. A UN group working for human rights on Monday demanded the immediate release of jailed former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. The group claims that Khan has been imprisoned “arbitrarily in violation of international laws” and the aim was to disqualify him from contesting elections. The Geneva-based UN group “Working Group on Arbitrary Detention” has made this demand after reviewing the criminal case registered against Khan. Khan was sentenced last year on corruption charges.

Khan was ousted by a no-confidence motion in the Pakistan Parliament in 2022 and is currently serving a jail sentence in several cases. After Khan was removed, Shahbaz Sharif’s party formed the government and Sharif became the Prime Minister. Rejecting the demand of the UN group, the Pakistan government on Tuesday said that the arrest of the jailed former prime minister and the pending cases against him are “internal matters”. Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar, reacting to the group’s report, said in a statement, “Khan getting relief in several cases is a reflection of a transparent and fair judicial system. Any demand beyond the Constitution, law and international norms will be considered discriminatory, biased and against justice.”

The group said Khan’s imprisonment in the corruption case has “no legal basis and appears to have been done to disqualify him from contesting elections.” Khan was imprisoned to suppress his right to freedom of expression or opinion and was denied “the right to a fair trial and due process,” the group said. It demanded Khan’s immediate release, saying it was a “fair solution.” Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) praised the UN group’s demand.

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