Despite Several Court orders PTI Chairman Imran Khan again skips the Toshakhana case hearing.
According to details, the proceedings commenced today, Sardar Masroof Khan, a junior lawyer of Imran Khan’s legal team appeared before the court while Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha and the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) lawyer Saad Hasan were also in attendance.
During the hearing, the judge inquired PTI chief’s lawyer whether his client would appear in court today as well to which Sardar Masroof replied that he was unaware of Imran’s appearance in court.
In response Additional District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal expressed displeasure on Imran Khan’s conduct.
Imran khan’s lawyer Sardar Masroof said “Imran Khan’s senior legal team will be arriving by 10 am”.
ECP’s lawyer Hasan then requested the court to adjourn the hearing till 9th March as Khan is due in the IHC.
Ranjha also supported the lawyer’s request saying that the PTI chief would surely appear before the high court on March 9.
At this, Khan’s lawyer maintained that he had been informed that it would be easier for the former premier to appear in the katchehri court next week.
At this, the judge remarked that it seemed Khan wouldn’t appear in the sessions court on March 9.
The judge directed Khan’s lawyer Sher Afzal Marwat to submit an affidavit and adjourned the proceedings till 2 pm.
Remember that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief and former prime minister Imran Khan Tuesday moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for suspension of non-bailable arrest warrants issued in the Toshakhana case.
On 28th February, Additional sessions judge Zafar Iqbal of an Islamabad court issued the former prime minister’s non-bailable arrest warrant over his non-appearance.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has reserved the verdict on a plea filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) challenging a lower court’s order upholding the arrest warrant for the former prime minister Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case.
Toshakhana is a word of Persian origin that literally translates into “treasure house”.
The Toshakhana issue became a major issue in national politics after the Election Commission of Pakistan disqualified the PTI chief for making “false statements and incorrect declaration” last month.
The judgment added that the former premier was found to be indulged in corrupt practices under sections 167 and 173 of the constitution. “A criminal proceeding will be initiated against him over filing a false statement.”
“As per the statement of Imran Khan he had purchased the gifts from Toshakhana paying 21.564 million rupees while the Cabinet Division said that the gifts had a value of 107.943 million.”
The gifts include
- Rolex wristwatch no. M228206-0036, 43.6470
- Rolex wristwatch no. M126331-0014, 2G367435
- Rolex wristwatch no. M1I6700LS001,(999927K8) Oyster S
- One iPhone presented by Qatar’s army chief dated 14/11/2018
- Rolex wristwatch no. Yacht-Master, Oyster, Serial no.068A7072. Model 116680
- Rolex wristwatch (No.E67574V3), pair of cufflinks, one ring, and unstitched cloth of pants and coat from the crown prince of Saudi Arabia dated 18/09/2020.
- Graff gift set containing one Graff wristwatch Master Graff Special Edition Mecca Timepiece, One 18K gold and diamond Graff Pen, ring, and pair of cufflinks with a micro painting of Mecca.