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IHC issues show-cause notice to Imran Khan

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued a show-cause notice to PTI Chairman Imran Khan and summoned him on August 31 in a contempt of court case.

Imran Khan, the leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has received a show-cause notice from the Islamabad High Court in connection with the contempt case against him for threatening a female judge.

A three-judge panel heard the case, with Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani serving as the bench’s leader. Justices Babar Sattar and Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb were also present. Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani stated at the case hearing that the issue was of public interest and needed to be settled once and for all.

He added that judges were employed throughout Islamabad and that this issue did not only concern the female judge there. Justice Kayani questioned whether remarks made against the judge would follow a negative ruling.

According to Justice Kayani, going to court is a last choice for most people. He questioned whether the common person should administer their own justice and inquired where the people were being driven with these remarks.

According to Attorney General Jahangir Jadoon, he filed a range of petitions with the Islamabad High Court. The advocate general pleaded with the court in his motion that he wished to present Imran Khan’s history of anti-judiciary comments and utterances.

“I want to put Imran Khan’s video clip on the record,” said the applicant.

He requested the judge to let the petitioner play the video of the PTI chairman’s earlier comments attacking the judiciary and state institutions. The applicant asked the IHC to authorize the use of a USB or other digital device to play the content in the courtroom.

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Imran Khan was given a show-cause notice by the court, and the matter was also forwarded to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Umar Ata Bandial due to the formation of a bench with more than three justices.

Imran Khan charged with terrorism

The fact that Imran Khan is also charged with terrorism for allegedly threatening the female judge and the police officers is relevant to bring up at this point.

Imran Khan, a former prime minister, had a first information report (FIR) filed against him under the Anti-Terrorism Act for threatening a second sessions judge and senior Islamabad Police officers at a rally in the federal capital’s F-9 Park.

According to Section 7 of the ATA, the FIR was filed after Magistrate Ali Javed filed a complaint at the Margalla Police Station in Islamabad.

The PTI chairman allegedly threatened to “terrorize” law enforcement personnel and the judiciary, according to the FIR, as well as Additional Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry and police officers. According to the FIR, the major goal of the intimidation was to stop the judges and police from fulfilling their legitimate duties.

However, Imran Khan was given transit bail in the terror case till August 25.

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