Timeline of former prime ministers arrested in Pakistan

Pakistan has a protracted historical past of incarcerating people who’ve held the nation’s high government workplace.

Former prime minister and PTI chief Imran Khan was arrested by Punjab police on Saturday afternoon from his Zaman Park residence in Lahore. The arrest got here shortly after an Islamabad trial courtroom declared him responsible of “corrupt practices” within the Toshakhana case.

That is the second time that the previous premier has been arrested in just below three months. Earlier on Could 9, Imran was detained in Islamabad from the excessive courtroom’s premises within the Al-Qadir Belief case.

However Imran is not the primary former premier to be arrested or to even face authorized costs. Pakistan has a protracted historical past of incarcerating people who’ve held the nation’s high government workplace.

Right here, Daybreak.com presents a timeline of former prime ministers of Pakistan who at one level or one other hung out in custody.


Jan 1962: Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy was the fifth prime minister of Pakistan (Sept 1956-Oct 1957). He refused to endorse Gen Ayub Khan’s seizure of presidency. Via the Elective Our bodies Disqualification Order (Ebdo), he was banned from politics and was later accused of violating the Ebdo in July 1960. In Jan 1962, he was arrested and put in solitary confinement within the Central Jail of Karachi with out trial on concocted costs of “anti-state actions” underneath the 1952 Safety of Pakistan Act.

Information of Suhrawardy’s arrest in Daybreak newspaper on Jan 31, 1962

Nineteen Seventies

Sept 1977: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto served because the prime minister from Aug 1973 to July 1977. In Sept 1977, he was arrested for conspiring to homicide a political opponent in 1974.

Information of Bhutto’s arrest printed in Daybreak on Sept 4, 1977

He was launched by Lahore Excessive Courtroom Justice Khwaja Mohammad Ahmad Samdani who said that his arrest had no authorized grounds, however was arrested once more three days later underneath Martial Legislation Regulation 12. The regulation empowered regulation enforcement companies to arrest an individual who was working in opposition to safety, regulation and order, or the sleek working of martial regulation. This regulation couldn’t be challenged in any courtroom of regulation.

Bhutto was finally sentenced to demise and executed on April 4, 1979.


Aug 1985: Benazir Bhutto served as Pakistan’s prime minister twice (Dec 1998-Aug 1990 and Oct 1993-Nov 1996). Below Ziaul Haq’s dictatorship (1977-1988), Benazir served as an opposition chief. She arrived in Pakistan in Aug 1985 for her brother’s funeral and was put underneath home arrest for 90 days.

Causes for Benazir’s arrest cited by sources in Daybreak on Aug 30, 1985

Aug 1986: Benazir Bhutto was arrested for denouncing the federal government at a rally in Karachi on Independence Day.


Could 1998: The Ehtesab Bench of the Lahore Excessive Courtroom issued bailable arrest warrants for Benazir Bhutto.

June 1998: The Public Accounts Committee issued an arrest warrant in opposition to Benazir Bhutto.

July 1998: The Ehtesab Bench issued a non-bailable arrest warrant in opposition to Benazir Bhutto.

April 1999: Benazir Bhutto was sentenced to 5 years and disqualified from holding public workplace by the Ehtesab Bench on costs of taking kickbacks from a Swiss firm employed to battle customs fraud. She was not within the nation on the time of the decision and the conviction was later overturned by the next courtroom.

Oct 1999: The Ehtesab Bench re-issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Benazir Bhutto attributable to her non-appearance earlier than the courtroom within the belongings reference case.


Sept 2007: Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan after being forged into exile by Gen Pervez Musharraf in 1999. On his return to Islamabad, the airport was sealed and Nawaz was arrested inside hours of his return and despatched to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to finish the three remaining years of his 10-year exile.

Information about Nawaz Sharif’s arrest and exile in Daybreak on Sept 10, 2007

Nov 2007: Benazir was put underneath home arrest for per week in Punjab at PPP Senator Latif Khosa’s home to forestall her from main a protracted march in opposition to Gen Musharraf’s dictatorial authorities.

A information clip of Benazir Bhutto’s home arrest printed in Daybreak on Nov 12, 2007


July 2018: Nawaz was arrested and given a 10-year sentence for corruption by the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) alongside along with his daughter Maryam Nawaz. He was launched two months later when the courtroom suspended the sentences to attend for a remaining judgement by the excessive courtroom.

Dec 2018: Nawaz was jailed once more and given a seven-year sentence in relation to his household’s possession of metal mills in Saudi Arabia. In November 2019, he was allowed to depart the nation to obtain medical therapy. He has since not returned to Pakistan.

July 2019: PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi served because the prime minister of Pakistan from January 2017-Could 2018. On July 19, he was arrested by a 12-member NAB workforce for alleged corruption whereas awarding a multi-billion rupee import contract for LNG in 2013 when he was the minister for petroleum and pure sources. He was granted bail and launched from Adiala Jail on Feb 27, 2020.


Sept 2020: The present prime minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, was arrested on Sept 28 after the Lahore Excessive Courtroom rejected his bail in a NAB cash laundering case. He was launched from Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat central jail practically seven months later.

March 2023: Two separate arrest warrants had been issued for Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan after he skipped proceedings in instances pertaining to alleged threats issued to a decide and the Toshakhana items. Get together supporters had gathered outdoors Khan’s residence in Zaman Park to forestall his arrest. The standoff resulted in violence with safety personnel firing tear gasoline shells at protestors.

Could 2023: Imran Khan was arrested from the premises of the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom on Could 9 on corruption costs in a case associated to the Al Qadir College Belief. He was subsequently launched two days later, with the Supreme Courtroom declaring his arrest “invalid and illegal”.

August 2023: Virtually three months after his arrest and subsequent launch within the Al Qadir Belief case, the previous premier was arrested by Punjab police from his Zaman Park residence in Lahore.

Asserting its verdict, the courtroom sentenced Imran — who was absent from courtroom — to 3 years in jail and imposed a superb of Rs100,000 on him for concealing particulars of Toshakhana items. His attorneys had been additionally not current.

Disclaimer: This text was initially printed by Daybreak on Could 9, 2023, and has been up to date to mirror the newest developments.

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