In a major development, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has suspended the non-bailable arrest warrants for PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case till March 18.
According to the details, IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq suspended former premier Imran Khan’s arrest warrants and barred police from arresting him till March 18, providing him with a chance to appear before the trial court hearing the Toshakhana reference.
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Furthermore, IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq also instructed the Islamabad district and sessions court and capital police to provide adequate security to Imran Khan.
Islamabad High Court suspends the arrest warrant of Imran Khan.
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On the other hand, the IHC warned that Imran Khan should appear within the court time tomorrow, adding that if he does not appear, contempt of court proceedings will be taken.
Pertinent to mention that Imran Khan has been resisting arrest in the Toshakhana case and has been living in his Zaman Park residence which has been surrounded by PTI workers who have come face to face with the police to prevent them from arresting their leader.
The Islamabad police, backed up by their Punjab Police compatriots and the Rangers, arrived at Imran Khan’s house on Tuesday to execute non-bailable arrest warrants issued by an Islamabad sessions court for him in the Toshakhana reference — in which he has skipped several hearings.
However, they were met with heavy resistance from PTI workers and supporters and Zaman Park had turned into a battlefield, sparking alarm across the country.
Following the Zaman Park clashes, Imran Khan’s legal team filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court, asking that his arrest warrants be suspended so that the PTI chief could appear in court on March 18.
During yesterday’s proceedings, the District and Sessions Court Islamabad Thursday rejected Imran Khan’s plea and upheld his non-bailable arrest warrants in Toshakhana case.
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