IHC temporarily suspends Imran Khan’s arrest warrants in Toshakhana case


ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court has annulled the bailable arrest warrants issued against former prime minister Imran Khan by a lower court over consistent no-show in Toshakhana reference.

The court announced the reserved verdict and directed the defiant leader to appear before the district and sessions court on March 13.

Earlier, Islamabad High Court reserved its verdict on former prime minister Imran Khan’s plea seeking cancellation of non-bailable arrest warrants issued last week by a lower court in the Toshakhana reference.

PTI chief, who is dodging arrest in a flurry of cases, moved the court challenging the non-bailable arrest warrant issued against him by sessions court over his non-appearance in the Toshakhana case.

Earlier in the day, Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Aamer Farooq rejected PTI chief’s plea for immediate suspension of the arrest warrant and reserved the verdict. During the verdict, Imran Khan’s lawyer sought 4 weeks’ time for his client to appear before the court.

He remarked that the court cannot give four weeks’ time. Should we ask the court to initiate proceedings of absconder against your client? IHC asked PTI chief lawyer.

The court asked lawyers of the ousted premier to appear before the court for indictment first and later seek exemptions.

On Monday, the sessions court turned down Imran Khan’s request for cancellation of the warrant. And the defiant leader approached the higher court, demanding an urgent hearing on the matter. PTI chief’s legal team termed the non-bailable arrest warrant unlawful and unconstitutional.

This is a developing story, and will be updated later…