PTI founder Imran Khan entering a court room in this undated picture. — AFP/File
PTI founder Imran Khan entering a court room in this undated picture. — AFP/File
  • Barrister Gohar, Sher Afzal Marwat and Umair Niazi to represent Imran.
  • Ex-premier to meet family, lawyers on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Agreement bears signature of PTI founder, jail authorities.

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan Saturday appointed three focal persons after inking an agreement with Adiala jail authorities on the SOPs for holding meetings in the facility.

As per the document, which bears the signature of the ex-prime minister as well as the superintendent of Adiala Jail, Khan has appointed PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Khan, Sher Afzal Marwat and Barrister Umair Niazi as his focal persons.

According to the agreed-upon SOPs, each focal person will provide two names for holding a meeting with the incarcerated party founder each week, who will be allowed to meet family members and his lawyers on Tuesday and Thursday.

The development comes after both sides reached a consensus on holding meetings inside the jail facility in light of the relevant court order.

Furthermore, the time of meetings will be between 30 to 45 minutes with maximum number of visitors in each session limited to six.

Also, the “trend of individual petitions in the courts will be discouraged,” the agreement reads while seemingly referring to the PTI’s move to reach out to courts on the issue of holding meetings with the incarcerated party founder.

An image of the signed agreement between PTI founder Imran Khan and Superintendent Adiala Jal. — X/@AsadAToor
An image of the signed agreement between PTI founder Imran Khan and Superintendent Adiala Jal. — X/@AsadAToor

Earlier this month, the Punjab government barred the prisoners — including the PTI founder who’s been imprisoned at the said facility since September 26, 2023, and is serving an accumulative sentence of 31 years in various cases — from holding meetings inside the jail owing to security concerns.

Despite resulting in strong criticism from the party, the moves, as per Punjab’s Information Minister Azma Bukhari, were not aimed at hindering Khan’s meetings but in fact was simply due to “a serious threat alert”.

The restriction came after the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested three terrorists and recovered a map of Adiala Jail, a hand grenade and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from their possession.

According to Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) Khalid Hamdani, police recovered automatic weapons and ammunition from the terrorists.

The CPO said the terrorists hailed from Afghanistan, adding that further investigation from them was underway.

Earlier on November 7, 2023, police found a suspicious bag laden with an explosive device near Adiala Road in Gorakhpur, Rawalpindi, just one kilometre away from the Adiala jail.



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