Hasan Khan Niazi, the nephew of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, has been handed over to the army for trial over his alleged involvement in the May 9 violence, Dawn reported on Friday.

According to reports, Hasan has been named as the prime suspect in the Jinnah House attack during the violence in Lahore on 9 May following the arrest of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief.

The report said that Hasan was arrested by the police from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, after which he was handed over to the army on the request of the commanding officer.

Hasan Niazi, who is also the party chief’s focal point on legal matters, was handed over to the Quetta police in August, a day after his arrest late on Sunday from Abbottabad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The development was confirmed by his father Hafizullah Khan on his social media account.

However, according to The News International, the case in which Hasan was held remained unknown.

Earlier, the police had said that Hasan was involved in the May 9 riots and the attack on sensitive military installations. It said, “Niyazi is wanted by the Lahore police for his involvement in the attack on Jinnah House (Corps Commander’s House, Lahore).”

Hasan’s father had filed a petition for his son’s recovery, demanding that he be produced in court.

During the hearing on Friday, Additional Advocate General Ghulam Sarwar Nahang presented the police report before HC Justice Sultan Tanveer Ahmed.

Nahang informed the court that Hasan would be tried in a military court and handed over to the army. They also demanded that Hasan meet his parents, to which the court asked the law officer to inform them when the meeting could happen, The News International reported.

Nahang replied, “I can find out the procedures and rules in this regard and inform accordingly,” following which the court adjourned to clarify the procedures and rules.

Meanwhile, the ousted prime minister is behind bars at Attock Jail after a trial court in Islamabad found him guilty of concealing the proceeds of Toshakhana (state depository) gifts received from foreign dignitaries during his tenure as the country’s prime minister from 2018 to 2022 and sentenced. He was sentenced to three years in jail and fined PKR 1,00,000.

Subsequently, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) disqualified him for five years from holding public office following his conviction.

(Only the headline and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content was auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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