Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested from his residence in Lahore shortly after he was sentenced to three years in prison in the Tosha Khana case. However, when Imran Khan was brought to Islamabad by highway, after some time the news came that he has been transferred to Attock Jail.
Imran Khan is not the first former Prime Minister of Pakistan to be taken to Attock for imprisonment. Before him, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was also imprisoned in Attock.
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s husband and former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari was also imprisoned for several years on charges of alleged corruption and spent a large part of this imprisonment in Attock, Punjab.
However, Imran Khan is the first former Prime Minister who has been imprisoned in the district jail of Attock. Before him, Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari were kept in the prisons built in Attock Fort.
District Jail of Attock is a different place which is located within the city a few kilometers away from Attock Fort, but these two jails in Attock share the same reputation and role in political history.
Even before the creation of Pakistan, prisoners who were accused of ‘rebellion’ or those who were declared as incorrigible criminals were brought here and had to be kept in strict confinement under ‘harsh conditions’.
Even after the creation of Pakistan, this trend of imprisoning political opponents or ‘dangerous’ criminals in Attock did not stop.