Imran skips NAB’s summons


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan opted out on Thursday of appearing before the National Accountability Bureau in the Al-Qadir Trust probe. In a call-up notice sent to the PTI chief two days ago, NAB referred to an order of the Islamabad High Court which while granting Imran bail in the case on May 12 asked him to cooperate with NAB in its investigation into the scandal. While executing the arrest warrant issued by NAB, paramilitary Rangers on May 9 arrested Imran Khan from the IHC premises leading to widespread protests and incidents of vandalism and arson.

The PTI approached the apex court against the arrest and a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court on May 11 declared the arrest illegal while allowing the PTI chief an opportunity to seek bail from the IHC in a number of cases including the NAB case.

NAB had asked Imran to appear in person along with relevant documents at the anti-graft watchdog’s Rawalpindi office at 10 am today.

The accountability watchdog had also summoned Mirza Shahzad Akbar, who served as Imran’s accountability aide, asking him to appear at NAB’s Rawalpindi office on May 22.