On Wednesday, a local court in Islamabad took action in a case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan. The court issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Imran Khan for allegedly threatening a female judge. The case had been filed against him earlier, and the court deemed it serious enough to issue the warrants.
Judicial magistrate Malik Aman has announced the reserved verdict, in which he rejected the request made by Imran’s counsel seeking relief from court appearance. Instead, the magistrate issued orders to ensure that Imran is present in court on April 18.
This development came after Imran’s counsel had filed a request with the court, seeking exemption from the hearing. However, the judicial magistrate deemed it necessary for Imran to appear before the court and rejected the request.
The orders for Imran’s appearance in court on April 18 indicate that the court is committed to ensuring the proceedings move forward as scheduled.
Last year on August 20, a case was registered against the former prime minister with Margalla police station in the federal capital.
This was due to his remarks at a rally in F9 Park, where he allegedly warned Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry and police officials of dire consequences for what he called their “biased” attitude towards his party.
Imran Khan alleged that Judge Zeba knew about the alleged torture of incarcerated party leader Shahbaz Gill but did not release him on bail.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had withdrawn its show cause notice to Imran and was satisfied with his apology and conduct. However, the matter is still pending at a lower court in the federal capital.
During a recent hearing, prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi argued that the deposed premier must be ordered to appear before the court for the next hearing.
Imran’s lawyer, Ali Gohar, argued that the PTI chief would appear before the court on March 30 for the Toshakhana case and requested that the court give the same date for the next hearing of this case.
The case against the former prime minister remains ongoing, with the court issuing orders to ensure his appearance at the next hearing. The charges against Imran stem from his alleged threatening remarks, and the court is expected to continue the proceedings until a verdict is reached.
During a recent court hearing, the accused had asked the judge to uphold the suspension of the warrant, stating that he would go to the civil courts to change the arrest deadline from March 29 to March 30.
However, the judge found this request to be odd, as the warrant clearly indicated March 29 as the deadline.
The prosecutor also raised concerns about the accused’s request, questioning whether it meant that the court could not dare to issue an arrest warrant.
He emphasized that arguments to suspend the warrant should be based on merit.
Furthermore, the prosecutor noted that the accused was seen as a “blue-eyed boy” of the courts, but even he was not favored to such an extent.
The prosecutor’s comments highlight the importance of impartiality and the need for all individuals to be treated equally before the law, regardless of their status or connections.