Islamabad courtroom points non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran in case on threatening girl choose – Pakistan
A district and classes courtroom in Islamabad issued non-bailable arrest warrants for PTI chairman Imran Khan on Monday in a case pertaining to utilizing threatening language towards a girl extra district and classes choose and senior cops.
Senior Civil Decide Rana Mujahid Rahim has instructed the police to arrest the previous prime minister and current him earlier than the courtroom by March 29.
He additionally stated that the courtroom will hear arguments on Imran’s petition searching for to be dismissed from the case within the subsequent proceedings.
The PTI chairman had on August 20 condemned the police in addition to the judiciary the over alleged custodial torture of Shahbaz Gill and introduced that his get together would file instances towards Inspector Common of Police (IGP) Dr Akbar Nasir Khan, the DIG and Extra District and Classes Decide Zeba Chaudhry.
Initially, Imran was booked below numerous sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). Apart from, Islamabad Excessive Courtroom (IHC) additionally initiated contempt of courtroom proceedings towards him.
Later, the IHC eliminated the terrorism prices towards Imran and likewise pardoned him after he tendered an apology within the contempt case. Nevertheless, an identical case, filed after the registration of a primary info report (FIR) towards him for threatening the choose, is pending earlier than the classes courtroom.
Because the listening to resumed at this time, the PTI filed a plea requesting an exemption from private look for Imran.
Nevertheless, Decide Rahim issued a warning that non-bailable arrest warrants might be issued for the previous premier if he failed to look earlier than the courtroom at this time.
After a short recess within the listening to, Imran’s counsel Naeem Panjotha filed one other petition searching for the acquittal of his consumer within the case.
He stated the in-person look of an utility was not necessary within the acquittal plea.
After listening to arguments, the choose reserved judgment on the exemption plea and stated it is going to be introduced later at this time.
Separately, another district and sessions court in Islamabad had earlier today reserved its verdict on a petition filed by PTI Chairman Imran Khan seeking an exemption from appearing before the court in the Toshakhana reference.
The verdict is expected to be announced by Additional District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal at 3:15pm.
The 70-year-old ex-premier, who has been recovering from a gunshot injury from an assassination attempt in Wazirabad final 12 months, has thrice skipped indictment hearings in an Islamabad classes courtroom within the case.
He’s accused of concealing, in his property declarations, particulars of the presents he retained from the Toshakhana — a repository the place presents handed to authorities officers from international officers are stored.
The classes courtroom was set to indict Imran within the Toshakhana Reference on Feb 28, however his lawyer had requested the choose that he be exempted from the listening to as a result of he needed to seem in a number of different courts. His indictment was deferred twice earlier than.
The choose had then issued arrest warrants for Imran and adjourned the listening to until March 7.
On March 5, an Islamabad police team was sent to Lahore to arrest Imran with the courtroom summons. Nevertheless, it returned empty-handed after the PTI chief evaded the arrest.
Subsequently, Imran had approached the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom final week searching for the cancellation of his arrest warrants.
On March 7, the IHC had suspended Imran’s non-bailable arrest warrants until March 13 and instructed him to look earlier than the classes courtroom.
ADSJ Zafar Iqbal performed a listening to into the case at this time.
On the outset of the proceedings, Imran’s counsel Khawaja Haris knowledgeable the courtroom that his consumer was not in a position to seem at this time. “He isn’t refusing to look, however as a result of safety threats he can’t be current,” he stated.
Haris stated related appeals had additionally been filed earlier than the Lahore Excessive Courtroom and the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom.
The ex-PM’s counsel additionally raised objections to complaints filed by the ECP towards the PTI chief within the case.
He recalled that the IHC had requested the classes courtroom to provoke authorized proceedings towards the PTI chief as per the legislation if he failed to look earlier than the courtroom on March 13.
“Analyzing the matter in accordance with the legislation signifies that the courtroom must also assess the admissibility of the grievance,” Haris acknowledged.
He went on to say that round 40 instances had been registered towards Imran throughout the nation. He stated former premier late Benazir Bhutto was additionally not given the safety that she ought to have been given.
“What occurred to Liaquat Ali Khan can be part of historical past.”
In the meantime, ECP counsel Saad Hassan, whereas presenting his arguments, stated the case remained admissible for listening to till a choice was introduced by the courtroom.
He insisted that the ECP suspended Imran’s arrest warrants only for a couple of days and requested him to look earlier than the courtroom.
He stated the PTI chief’s arrest warrants had been nonetheless “on the sphere”.
Right here, the courtroom requested the ECP counsel if he wished extra time to file a reply on a plea difficult the maintainability of the fee’s complaints. The lawyer replied within the affirmative.
Imran’s lawyer urged the courtroom to listen to the plea at this time and announce its verdict.
Because the arguments concluded, the choose reserved the decision on the plea for Imran’s exemption and stated that the choice could be introduced at 3:15pm.