Pakistan: Imran Khan’s problems are not reducing, the court refuses to cancel the arrest warrant
Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party on Monday challenged in the Islamabad High Court the arrest warrant issued against Khan for non-appearance in the Islamabad District and Sessions Court.
Image Source: FILE Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Islamabad: Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan on Tuesday once again failed to appear before a district and sessions court in Islamabad in the Toshakhana case, even as the court refused to quash the arrest warrant issued against him. According to Pakistani media, the former prime minister’s lawyer Sher Afzal Marwat appeared in the court and said that Khan, 70, was unwell after the Wazirabad attack and was unable to appear. Marwat requested the court to give a date next week for hearing the matter and said that Khan would give the ‘power of attorney’ in a day or two.
Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party on Monday challenged in the Islamabad High Court the arrest warrant issued against Khan for non-appearance in the Islamabad District and Sessions Court. The former prime minister’s lawyer said it would be easy for his client to appear in the district court next week. The counsel for the Election Commission of Pakistan requested that the hearing be adjourned till 9 March, which was supported by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha who said that Khan would have to appear in the Islamabad High Court on that date.
Imran Khan will definitely appear in Islamabad High Court on March 9 – Lawyer
Ranjha said, “Imran Khan will definitely appear in the Islamabad High Court on March 9.” Justice Zafar Iqbal then remarked that in other words, Imran Khan will not appear in the sessions court even on March 9. Ranjha requested the court to take action against Khan. He asked whether such relief is given to a common citizen from appearing in court. Khan (70) is accused of buying gifts received during his tenure as prime minister from Toshakhana at throwaway prices and selling them for profit.
An Islamabad sessions court judge issued an arrest warrant against Khan on February 28 and adjourned the hearing till March 7. On March 5, a team of Islamabad police reached Khan’s residence in Lahore with the court’s summons. However, the police had to return empty-handed. In a separate case, the Islamabad police on Monday registered a case against Khan and 150 of his party workers for preventing law enforcement agency officials from implementing the court order against Khan in the Toshakhana case.