In this case, a request has been made to initiate criminal proceedings against Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf Party chief Imran Khan for hiding the details of Toshakhana gifts. Judge Iqbal had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against 70-year-old Khan on February 28.
Islamabad. A Pakistani district court judge said on Thursday that she would block Islamabad police from arresting the former prime minister in a corruption case if Imran Khan surrenders in court. Additional District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal said this during the hearing of the Election Commission of Pakistan (EC) matter. In this case, a request has been made to initiate criminal proceedings against Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf Party chief Imran Khan for hiding the details of Toshakhana gifts. Judge Iqbal had on February 28 issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against 70-year-old Khan and directed the Islamabad police to bring him to the court on March 18.
Hearing the matter, the judge said that Khan should surrender unconditionally before seeking any relief from the court. Khan’s lawyer submitted an affidavit as directed by the Islamabad High Court that his client would appear in court on March 18. The judge said if the former prime minister is not present then what is the point of the affidavit. He said, “We want Imran to come to the court. Why is he not coming? What is the reason? Imran Khan will not have to cooperate with the police but will have to cooperate legally.
Khan’s lawyer Khawaja Harris clarified that he wanted to give an affidavit regarding his appearance in the court on March 18. To this, the judge said that if Khan surrenders before the court, he will prevent the Islamabad police from arresting him. The court said, “Legally, Imran should have been brought directly to the court. It is not possible to har him during his court appearances.” The judge said that if Khan had appeared in court, there would have been no need for the police to sit outside his residence and that Pakistan, being a poor country, would not be able to handle such cases. Can’t afford to spend your resources.
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