Toshakhana Case: Islamabad Court Rejects Imran Khan’s Plea Seeking Suspension Of Arrest Warrant

Toshakhana Case: Islamabad Court Rejects Imran Khan’s Plea Seeking Suspension Of Arrest Warrant
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief and former premier Imran Khan's petition for the suspension of non-bailable arrest warrant issued for him in the Toshakhana case was denied by an Islamabad district and sessions court.

After a brief hearing, Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal delivered the judgment he had reserved earlier in the day.

During the hearing, Imran Khan’s lawyer, Ali Bukhari, argued that his client had consistently complied with court instructions. Whereas, Khan’s other lawyer, Qaiser Imam, countered that the police cannot detain Imran Khan if he is eager to appear.

The court then remarked that Imran Khan may have requested the suspension of the warrant by contacting the Islamabad High Court.

However, lawyer Imam informed the court that they wanted the warrant to be suspended by the sessions court.

The PTI leader was at his Zaman Park mansion in Lahore, according to lawyer Bukhari. Bukhari stated, "Imran Khan wants to know how he can show up in court."

Imam claimed that a private complaint was filed under the 2017 Election Act against the PTI leader.

He urged the court to postpone the warrants, contending that typically arrest warrants were not issued in response to a private complaint.

The PTI chief's attorney notified the court that their client would not show up in court, the judge commented.

The judge then reserved a verdict on the petition.

It is pertinent to mention here that, for repeatedly failing to appear before the court in the Toshakhana case, Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal issued the former prime minister's non-bailable arrest order on February 28.

In accordance with court orders, an Islamabad Police squad led by a superintendent of police visited Zaman Park on Sunday to carry out the arrest warrant but was unable to.

The PTI chairman has also applied for post-arrest bail in the matter before the Lahore High Court today.