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Islamabad high court suspends Imran Khan’s arrest warrants till Saturday

Islamabad high court suspends Imran Khan’s arrest warrants till Saturday

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court suspended non-bailable arrest warrants for PTI chairman Imran Khan till Saturday.

PTI chairman filed a plea again in the IHC on Friday, seeking suspension of his arrest warrant. The IHC suspended the warrant to enable former prime minister Imran Khan to appear in the trial court on Saturday.

Earlier, the Registrar of Islamabad High Court raised objections on the plea of PTI chairman Imran Khan wherein he challenged his non-bailable arrest warrants in the Toshakhana case on Friday.

However, later on the chief justice of IHC took up the plea for hearing and suspended the arrest warrant. The IHC’s registrar office said that the biometric verification of Imran Khan is not available.

“How can the IHC hear the matter on which it has already gave a decision?” the Registrar office raised another objection. 

Meanwhile, Additional District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal dismissed a plea of Imran Khan regarding suspension of his arrest warrants in the Toshakhana case on Thursday.

PTI chairman and former prime minister, through his lawyer, file an application in the court of Judge Zafar Iqbal, requesting him to cancel non-bailable arrest warrants.

The Judge, however, rejected the plea announced his reserved verdict on Thursday afternoon.

Earlier, the Judge asked Imran Khan to surrender to the concerned authorities to avoid arrest.

He said that he would suspend non-bailable arrest warrants of Imran Khan, but with the condition that he would have to surrender to the authorities concerned.

Judge Zafar Iqbal stated this while hearing the request of Imran Khan’s lawyer to suspend arrest warrants. Khan’s lawyer gave two options in the court, requesting the Judge to either suspend the issued warrants or issue bailable arrest warrants.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, the Islamabad High Court directed Imran Khan to submit an affidavit in the trial court about his personal appearance. The IHC, nonetheless, upheld the arrest warrants, leaving the matter to the Additional District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal.

Additionally, the Lahore High Court also stopped police operation at Zaman Park on Wednesday evening.

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