The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday suspended Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s non-bailable arrest warrants issued by the district court in the Toshakhana case till 18th March 2023.
Islamabad High Court stopped the police from arresting Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan.
Islamabad Hogh Court Chief Justice Aamer Farooq heard Imran Khan’s plea challenging the order of Islamabad’s district and session court that had issued the arrest warrant for the PTI chief. The high court said that the former prime minister should be given a chance to appear before the court.
The IHC’s Registrar’s Office had raised objections to Imran Khan’s petition challenging his arrest warrants in the Toshakhana case.
The PTI chief’s biometric verification is not available, the office noted. “How can the high court hear the same matter on which it has already made its decision?” the office also questioned.
Later, the court decided to take up Khan’s plea with the Registrar’s objections.
In his petition, the former prime minister challenged the Islamabad court’s decision of rejecting his plea seeking suspension of his arrest warrants issued against him in the Toshakhana gifts case.
In his petition, the PTI chairman requested: “The undertaking should be accepted and the police should be stopped from arresting [him].”
The PTI chief also assured the court of his appearance before the Islamabad court tomorrow (Saturday), requesting the court to hear his plea urgently.
“[…] non-bailable warrant of arrest has been issued by this court just for the appearance of the applicant. The applicant is ready and willing to appear before this court on the fixed date i.e. 18.03.2023 and he has given his undertaking in this regard,” the petition read.
“It is trite law that the purpose of issuance of a non-bailable warrant of arrest is to ensure attendance of the accused and the undertaking has fulfilled the purpose of the warrant. Arrest and detention of the applicant will serve no useful purpose and he will be humiliated just for nothing.”
Earlier After a two-day-long clash between PTI workers and Police at Zaman Park, The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday stopped police operation at former premier Imran Khan’s residence till 10 am tomorrow.
According to details, Lahore High Court’s Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh issued the order on a petition filed by PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry seeking to stop the “atrocities” outside Zaman Park.
Remember that the district and sessions court in Islamabad on Monday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for PTI chairman Imran Khan in the judge ‘threat’ case.
In the hearing, Civil Judge Rana Mujahid Rahim in the morning adjourned the hearing for an hour to ensure Imran Khan appears before the court. Judge says, “I would issue a non-bailable arrest warrant for Imran Khan if he did not appear in court during the specified time.”
Imran Khan’s lawyer Naeem Panjutha stated that due to security fears, the PTI chief has requested for exemption from appearing in court.
The court resume its hearing after a break, Judge demanded where is Imran khan.
To which Imran Khan’s lawyer said that he will not appear before keeping this in view the court issued his non-bailable arrest warrant and ordered to present the PTI chief before the court on 29th March.