Pakistan’s acting home minister, Sarfaraz Bugti, referred to the imprisoned former prime minister Imran Khan as the “darling of the courts” and stated that the amenities offered to him in the jail were better than those afforded to any other former prime leader doing time in prison.
In an exclusive interview with the Independent Urdu daily on Thursday, Bugti said that the amenities the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader was given in prison were beyond the comprehension of the average person.
The 71-year-old former politician and cricket player is now being held in Rawalpindi’s Adiala prison after being taken into custody in connection with the cipher (secret diplomatic communication) leak case.
Khan and his former Foreign Affairs Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi are charged with breaking national secret regulations in the cipher case.
“Being a laadla (darling) of the courts, Imran is granted greater privileges than would be afforded to an average prisoner or a prime minister incarcerated. The minister said, “A regular citizen cannot even imagine the kind of facilities being provided to him in jail—they were not given to any prime minister.”
Recalling Khan’s detention on May 9, Bugti said that orders to transport the PTI leader to Islamabad Police Lines in a Mercedes were given “within two minutes.”
He said that when the former premier was brought before him after his detention, former Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial greeted him with a “good to see you.”
Things like the phrase “is (good) to see” support my position. This is where judicial changes are desperately needed. Everyone is aware that the judiciary has issues, according to Bugti.
Bandial said these things when Khan appeared before the Supreme Court on May 9, the day his supporters staged violent rallies in response to his detention in the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case.
Later on, Bandial stressed that it had nothing to do with politics and was just a matter of court decorum.
Regarding Khan’s November 28 court appearance in the cipher matter, Bugti said that he would comply with the ruling of the court.
When asked about the legal concerns after Nawaz Sharif’s return, the three-time prime minister and head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Bugti said that, in his view, the allegations against him were mostly without merit.
In response to a query on fairness in the general elections, he said that the PML-N was not receiving any favors.
The minister said that the Election Commission has received all of his ministry’s assistance.
Regarding the deportation of illegal immigrants, Bugti said that the unrest in Pakistan was the reason they were being taken back to their homeland.
“Pakistanis are the intended inhabitants of this nation. If foreigners want to reside here, they must apply legally. They are welcome here. “We cannot grant someone the status of a guest if they enter through a wall or a veil,” he said.
According to Bugti, around 300,000 undocumented immigrants have already left their country of origin; over 99% of these individuals are citizens of Afghanistan.
Without a doubt, the interior minister said, “hostile agencies” were using violence to take advantage of Pakistan’s fault lines.
He said, “There is an attempt to increase fault lines.”
Anwaarul Haq Kakar, the caretaker prime minister, stated it was “not appropriate if the court began summoning the premier on every other minor issue” in response to a query on his summons by the Islamabad High Court in a case involving missing individuals.
Kakar has been called before the court on November 29 in relation to a case involving 55 pupils who went missing from the unrest-plagued region of Balochistan.
The senator said that Pakistan had the “lowest in the region” number of missing people and that this was a “propaganda tactic against the country.”
Additionally, according to Bugti, 78% of the instances on the lists that were sent to him had been settled.