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Court suspends Imran Khan’s arrest warrants, hearing deferred till March 30

Court suspends Imran Khan’s arrest warrants, hearing deferred till March 30

ISLAMABAD: The trial court of the Toshakhana case suspended the arrest warrants for Imran Khan and adjourned the hearing of the case till March 30.

Former prime minister Imran Khan appeared in Islamabad’s sessions court on Saturday afternoon.

The court accepted the attendance of Imran Khan at the gate of the court because of a rush of people.

On Saturday afternoon, the PTI chief reached the Judicial Complex along with a cavalcade of motors to attend the hearing of the Toshakhana case.

Imran Khan could not enter the courtroom because of the chaos and commotion at the entrance to the Judicial Complex.

Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal allowed Imran Khan to mark attendance at the gate. Judge also allowed Khan to leave the court and adjourned the hearing.

Clashes also took place between police and PTI workers around the Judicial Complex before and after the appearance of Imran Khan in court.

Earlier, Imran Khan said that the federal government wants to arrest him. Khan said this in his Twitter message just before appearing in the trial court at the Judicial Complex in Islamabad.

“I am going to Islamabad and the court because I believe in rule of law. But ill intent of this cabal of crooks should be clear to all.”

PEMRA Bans live TV coverage

Earlier, the electronic media regulator, PEMRA slapped a ban on live TV coverage of PTI chairman Imran Khan’s appearance in the trial court on Saturday.

Khan is appearing in the trial court at Judicial Complex regarding his non-bailable arrest warrants in the Toshakhana case.

The Pemra’s order includes a ban on any procession or rally being staged today at the judicial complex in Islamabad.

The authority observed with concern that satellite TV channels are showing live footage and images of the attack, violent mob, and LEAs activities.

“Such footage/images appeared on TV channels without any editorial oversight during a recent standoff between PTI workers and LEAs officials in Lahore.”

Activists of Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) take part in a thanksgiving day rally in Islamabad. A Pakistani opposition party has abruptly called off a planned “lockdown” of the capital after the Supreme Court paved the way for an investigation into allegations of corruption against the prime minister’s family.

Former prime minister Imran Khan is appearing in the trial court in the Toshakhana case at the Judicial Complex in Islamabad.

Police raid Zaman Park residence of Imran Khan

Earlier, Lahore police raided the Zaman Park residence of Imran Khan and arrested several PTI men from there who put up resistance during police action.

File photo of Police-PTI workers clashes during recent operation launched to arrest Imran Khan.

Lahore police took this action at a time when PTI chairman Imran Khan is on his way to Islamabad to appear in the trial court in the Toshakhana case. The former PM is set to appear in the court before 5 pm on Saturday, as per the order of the Islamabad High Court.

On Friday, the IHC suspended non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran Khan for one day (Till Saturday 5 pm) to allow Khan to appear in the country.

Javed Mahmood
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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.

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