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Threats to female judge: PTI to challenge Imran Khan’s arrest warrant in IHC

Fawad Chaudhry revealed the party's decision on Twitter shortly after the non-bailable arrest warrant for Imran Khan was issued in a case against him for threatening Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry.

PTI has decided to challenge the non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Chairman and former Prime Minster Imran Khan in the Islamabad High Court.

Senior PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry revealed the party’s decision on Twitter shortly after the non-bailable arrest warrant for Imran Khan was issued in a case against him for hurling threats at a woman judge.

“A warrant has been issued against Imran Khan for insulting Zeba Chaudhry. Surprisingly, WhatsApp group journalists made these predictions before the judge’s decision. The judge’s decision is being challenged in the Islamabad High Court, where matters related to Imran Khan’s attendance are already under hearing,” Fawad Chaudhry said.

A district and sessions court in Islamabad on Monday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for PTI Chairman Imran Khan for failing to attend the hearing of the case registered against him for hurling threats at a female judge.

Read more: Watch: Imran Khan appears before female judge’s court to apologize

Civil Judge Rana Mujahid Rahim released the three-page reserved verdict. Dismissing Imran Khan’s petition seeking exemption from attending the hearing of the case in person, the court ordered the police to produce the PTI chief before it by March 29.

Contempt of court case against Imran Khan

During his speech at an Islamabad rally last year, Imran Khan threatened to file cases against Islamabad’s inspector general of police and deputy inspector general of police.

“We won’t spare you,” he warned.

Not holding back, the former premier had also taken exception to Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry, who had approved his close aide Shahbaz Gill’s two-day physical remand at the request of the capital police, and said she should “prepare herself as action would be taken against her”.

On August 23, IHC issued a show-cause notice to Imran Khan after taking up contempt of court proceedings against him for allegedly threatening Additional Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry.

Read more: PTI workers gather outside ATC to support Imran Khan

Imran Khan later appeared before the Islamabad court to personally apologize to Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry, who was not present at that time.

“I apologize if I crossed any line. It won’t happen again. I never intended to hurt the sentiments of the court,” Imran Khan had said while assuring the court of never committing “such an act again.” Imran Khan had also requested the court to allow him to apologize to judge Zeba Chaudhry in person.