Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi transferred to Lahore jail, will appear in court

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Qureshi is to be produced before an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in connection with the May 9 riots last year. Qureshi, a senior leader of jailed Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, has several cases registered against him in Lahore in connection with the May 9 violence.

Lahore. Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s close aide and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was on Monday shifted from Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail to Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail, according to a media report on Monday. Qureshi is to be presented in the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in connection with the riots that took place on May 9 last year. Several cases related to the May 9 violence have been registered in Lahore against Qureshi, a senior leader of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, who is in jail.

Qureshi (68) was transferred to Lahore on Monday morning amid tight security, where he will be produced before an anti-terrorism court set up at Kot Lakhpat jail, Geo News reported, citing jail sources. Lawyer Taimur Malik confirmed that the ATC Lahore judge will hear the cases on May 9 at Kot Lakhpat jail and Qureshi, a leader of Khan’s party, will appear before the court on Monday. Qureshi has been in jail since a Pakistani court sentenced Khan and the former foreign minister to 10 years in jail for violating the country’s Official Secrets Act.

This case of violation of Official Secrets Act dates back to the time when Khan was in power. However, the Islamabad High Court acquitted Khan and Qureshi in this case on June 3 and suspended their 10-year jail sentence. But both the leaders remain in jail as they have been accused in eight more cases related to the violence that took place across the country on May 9. These incidents of violence took place across the country after the arrest of Khan (71) by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the corruption case.

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