Pakistani authorities were preparing to move former Prime Minister Imran Khan to a prison with better facilities near the national capital Islamabad following a court order, his party said on Monday.
His legal team and party had pleaded in several courts to order Khan’s transfer to Adyala Prison in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, which they said was more suitable for a former prime minister.
“Arrangements are taking place,” Khan’s close aide Zulfikar Bukhari said in a message to journalists, referring to preparations to relocate the former prime minister after Khan’s lawyer, Naeem Panjutha, said a high court in the capital had ordered the move.
Panjutha later wrote on social media platform
Khan has been held in a basic colonial-era prison in the northwestern district of Attock, which lacked facilities such as an attached bathroom and television, making it harder for family and friends to visit or send newspapers, books or food.
The former prime minister has been in prison since early August after being convicted on corruption charges.
A court suspended his three-year prison sentence, but his release on bail did not happen because authorities charged him in another case with leaking state secrets.
Khan says the charges are aimed at preventing him from taking part in elections early next year, a charge authorities deny.
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