Following the Supreme Court’s directive to release former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, his ex-wife British film producer Jemima Goldsmith took to Twitter to express her reaction.
Goldsmith, who resides in the United Kingdom with her sons, tweeted: “Finally sense has prevailed.”
She also added a prayer emoji and the Pakistani flag.
Khan was taken into custody from the premises of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday by Rangers personnel acting on the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) warrant in the Al-Qadir Trust case.
The IHC, which took notice of Khan’s arrest, subsequently deemed it “legal”. Later, the PTI approached the Supreme Court for their chairman’s release.
The Supreme Court declared Khan’s arrest “illegal” and ordered his immediate release on Thursday.
The former prime minister, along with his wife Bushra Bibi and other PTI leaders, is under investigation by the NAB regarding a settlement between the PTI administration and a property tycoon, which reportedly caused a loss of £190 million to the national treasury.
According to the charges, Khan and other accused allegedly adjusted Rs50 billion, or £190 million at the time, sent by Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) to the government.
They are also accused of receiving undue benefits in the form of more than 458 kanals of land in Mouza Bakrala, Sohawa, to establish Al Qadir University.
Khan was apprehended from the IHC when he attended hearings on his bail pleas in other lawsuits. After his arrest, violent protests erupted across the country, leading to the deaths of at least eight people and damage to infrastructure.