Toshakhana Case: Imran Khan’s non bailable arrest warrants issued
Additional Session Judge Zafar Iqbal issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran Khan in Toshakhana Case!
- Imran was set to be indicted in the case today
- But his lawyer requested the court that he be exempted from the hearing today because Imran Khan had to appear in several other courts.
- The hearing was adjourned to March 7.
The development comes hours after, PTI Chairman secured bail in two cases — prohibited funding and terrorism — as he appeared before as many courts at Islamabad’s judicial complex accompanied by a large number of party workers.
Despite the court orders, Imran Khan did not appear in the Sessions Court, on which Additional District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal has issued a warrant, former prime minister was summoned by the court today.
After the non-bailable arrest warrant was issued, PTI workers started gathering outside the session court.
Earlier in the District and Sessions Court of Islamabad, a criminal case related to the Toshakhana reference against the PTI chief was heard in which his lawyer Ali Bukhari appeared in the court while Saad Hassan appeared as a lawyer from the Election Commission.
During the hearing, there was a bitter exchange between the Election Commission and Imran Khan’s lawyer, in which the former Prime Minister’s lawyer told the Election Commission’s lawyer that you are the Election Commission’s lawyer, remain a lawyer, don’t become a spokesperson.
Ali Bukhari told the court that Imran Khan has left for Lahore some time ago, and he has to appear in two courts of the judicial complex today, but he will not be able to appear in this court today.
Imran Khan’s lawyer requested to adjourn the hearing for 5 days, then the judge expressed his anger and said that what is the way, Imran Khan can appear in 11 courts, not in the courtroom, Imran Khan should appear in Judicial Complex. There will be no time left for this, what is the method, the indictment is to be filed here, come here, the indictment is filed and then leave.
Responding to the judge’s remarks, Ali Bukhari said that Khawaja Haris is Imran Khan’s lawyer in this case, and he is not available to appear in this court today.
Later, the Sessions Court rejected Imran Khan’s request for exemption from attendance and issued a non-bailable arrest warrant.
The foreign funding case was heard in a banking court and the terrorism case was in an anti-terrorism court located inside the judicial complex, while Toshakhana and attempted murder cases were heard at a sessions court in F-8 Kachehri.