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Pakistan

Toshakhana case: Islamabad court rejects PTI’s plea for nullification of Imran’s arrest warrant

  • Judge Zafar Iqbal says court will stop Islamabad police from arresting Imran if he surrenders in court
Published March 16, 2023

An Islamabad District and Sessions Court on Thursday rejected a petition filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for nullification of arrest warrants of party chairman Imran Khan in Toshakhana case.

Earlier, Additional District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal had reserved the verdict in the case.

Earlier on Thursday, Additional District and Sessions court said that it would stop the Islamabad police from arresting Imran if the former PM surrendered in court, Aaj News reported.

Iqbal conducted the hearing of a plea by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) seeking criminal proceedings against Imran for concealing details of Toshakhana gifts.

The same court had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against the PTI leader on March 13 after he failed to appear in the Toshakhana case hearing and instructed police to present Imran in court by March 18.

LHC stops police from conducting operation in Zaman Park till Friday morning

During the hearing today, the PTI chief’s lawyer Khawaja Harris read out the Islamabad High Court’s order on the party’s petition against the arrest warrants.

The judge said that the trial court has not received the IHC’s order through the official process.

The judge also inquired about the PTI chairman. Harris asked the judge whether it was important for his client to appear before the court in person. He also said that the court had two options, accept the undertaking and cancel the non-bailable arrest warrant or take a surety and issue a bailable arrest warrants.

Judge Iqbal said that he would stop the Islamabad police from arresting Imran if he surrendered in court.

The hearing was subsequently adjourned till 12pm.

Wednesday hearing

On Wednesday, law enforcement personnel began retreating from the former prime minister’s residence without arresting him.

Attempt to arrest Imran Khan: LHC orders police to suspend Zaman Park operation

Later, the Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered police to suspend the operation outside Zaman Park till 10am on Thursday (today).

The court had asked the Chief Secretary Punjab, Inspector General of police and Deputy Inspector General (operation) Islamabad police to appear before the court at 3.00 pm the same day in a petition of PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry against a police operation outside the residence of PTI Chief.

The petitioner’s counsel contended before the court that the police was thrashing the PTI workers brutally and violating all the fundament rights enshrined in the constitution.

Police halt bid to arrest IK on LHC’s order

He said the police is stationed for last many hours and residential area has become a war zone.

A law officer opposing the plea said the matter pertaining to the bail of Imran Khan was pending with the IHC hence the petition could not be heard at the LHC principal seat.

The court inquired about the Islamabad police official who was heading the operation to arrest Imran Khan.

The Punjab Police chief told the court at first 14 police officials were injured during the clashes with PTI workers and they deployed more officials for operation.

Later, 60 more policemen sustained injuries during the operation and added they had decided not to use any weapon during the operation.

We controlled the situation with the help of tear gas and water cannons, he added.

Tuesday showdown

On Tuesday, armoured police vehicles arrived outside Khan’s residence with the intention of arresting Imran in the Toshakh but Deputy Inspector General (Operations) Shahzad Bukhari refrained from commenting on the arrest warrant issued by the sessions court Islamabad in the Toshakhana case.

PTI workers clashed with law enforcement that retaliated with baton charging, water cannons and tear gas shelling. Protesters hurled stones on police and attacked them with sticks.

Anti-riots police arrested a few PTI workers.

While Imran’s arrest was not yet made till late on Tuesday night, multiple cities had erupted with protests as party supporters gathered in droves to condemn the police operation against Imran.

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Aamir Latif Mar 16, 2023 12:05pm
Why exception by courts, courts seems to be begging, please come for our respect sake.... What a joke... Instead, he should be dragged in handcuff to appear.. All damaged that have occurred during dysndoff should be paid by this arrogant defiant person called IK.
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MKA Mar 16, 2023 12:20pm
As for Judge's remarks about millions being spent, it is money well spent on arresting a proclaimed offender. Moreover this money should be recovered by auctioning off Bani Gala. This action will do tons towards upholding the courts dignity and rule of law in my beloved Pakistan.
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Amir Mar 16, 2023 12:45pm
Judges are afaid of generals....because if videos...
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Shiteistan Mar 16, 2023 02:01pm
What a putrid, corrupt and morally bankrupt country !!!!!
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Hawkeye Mar 16, 2023 02:29pm
Why judges are colluding with compromised generals to jeopardize IK's life? Look in your region,..India (G-20)...Bangladesh are developing economically...they are creating and enhancing their intellectual capital...creating opportunities for their youth at home and in the west...and...the Pakistani youth are escaping the country and dying in high seas...! Enough is enough! The corrupt ruling elite is pushing country into chaos and forcing it to become a LDC...! Stop taking peoples clothes off..and assassination attempts! Hold elections and let country move forward!
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Unknown Mar 16, 2023 04:51pm
@Hawkeye, There is no political stability these days, and it seems like elections are just a joke to the public. Politicians and leaders are constantly vying for power. Imran Khan spent his entire term trying to catch the THSES brothers, but he didn't care about Pakistan economic conditions and once PTI would come no longer be able to function because it just wanted to finish the PMLN and create something like monopoly of power , and once the Nawaz brothers came they want same , they continued to be corrupt. As a result, Imran is not some coddled baby who would allow his ministers to leave the country after engaging in all manner of corruption. As an example, the owner of Hascols Pump what he did in Imran Khan govt. Just.. search what he did
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Unknown Mar 16, 2023 04:53pm
There is no political stability these days, and it seems like elections are just a joke to the public. Politicians and leaders are constantly vying for power. Imran Khan spent his entire term trying to catch the THSES brothers, but he didn't care about Pakistan economic conditions and once PTI would come no longer be able to function because it just wanted to finish the PMLN and create something like monopoly of power , and once the Nawaz brothers came they want same , they continued to be corrupt. As a result, Imran is not some coddled baby who would allow his ministers to leave the country after engaging in all manner of corruption. As an example, the owner of Hascols Pump ... Just search what he did .....
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Awami Mar 17, 2023 04:37am
@Aamir Latif, Extraordinary situation needs to take into account and needed change in normal ways to avoid long term problems. Court has done right thing and asked to be present in court on 18 March. This gives help and time for both sides to arrive at fair and reasonable arrangement for court appearance.
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