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Judge threatening case: Islamabad court converts Imran Khan's arrest warrant from non-bailable to bailable

Imran's lawyer had requested court to hear case on March 30, saying PTI chief will be appear in court that day in Toshakhana case

By Web Desk
March 24, 2023
PTI Chairman Imran Khan pictured at a court in Islamabad. — AFP/File
PTI Chairman Imran Khan pictured at a court in Islamabad. — AFP/File

An Islamabad district and sessions court converted on Friday Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan's non-bailable arrest warrant into a bailable warrant in the case against him of threatening a woman judge.

Earlier, the court had reserved its verdict on a request to extend the arrest warrant suspension of the PTI chief.

Prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi appeared in the court of additional sessions judge Faizan Haider Gilani who remarked Khan be bound to appear in court at a future date.

At the outset of the hearing, the judge said that if PTI's lawyers reach by 10:30am, the case would be heard then, including the arguments of all parties. He then adjourned the hearing till 10:30am.

After Imran Khan's lawyer Gohar Ali reached the court, the hearing resumed again.

Ali requested the court to hear his client's case on March 30, saying that the PTI chief would be appearing in court on March 30 in the Toshakhana case. He said he would file an application in a civil court to change the date on the arrest warrant from March 29 to March 30.

Addressing the lawyer, judge Gilani responded: "It’s strange that you are requesting for March 30 while the date for the arrest warrant is March 29”.

The prosecutor commented that arguments should be given on the merits of the application for the suspension of the arrest warrant.

Lawyer Ali again sought extension of Imran Khan's arrest warrant suspension till March 30.

The judge said that the court can issue any verdict on March 29.

At this, lawyer Ali reiterated that the warrants related to the Toshakhana case are suspended till March 30.

The judge then asked whether Imran Khan had ever appeared before the court in the case against him for threatening a woman judge.

At this, the prosecutor said that the PTI chief has never appeared before the court in this case, and that a copy of the case is yet to be given. Lawyer Gohar Ali does not have a power of attorney in the woman judge threatening case, the prosecutor said.

The court reserved its decision on the request of Imran Khan's legal team.

After a break, the court decided to convert Imran Khan's non-bailable warrant into a bailable warrant.

The court disposed of PTI's warrant suspension plea.

What is the case?

A case had been registered against the former prime minister under the Anti-Terrorism Act for threatening additional sessions judge Zeba Chaudhry and senior police officers of the Islamabad Police during a public rally in August last year.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had then started contempt of court proceedings against the former prime minister.

Later on, the high court had removed the terror charges and also pardoned the PTI chief after he had tendered an apology in the contempt case.

But a similar case had been filed against the PTI chief — after the registration of the first information report (FIR) against him — and is still pending before the sessions court.