Imran seeks quashment of FIRs, prior notice before criminal proceedings


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan and secretary general Asad Umar moved the Lahore High Court on Thursday to quash all first information reports filed against them for abusing state machinery.

The petitioners also sought directions to the quarters concerned to provide a comprehensive report detailing the FIRs, the criminal proceedings initiated against them, and give prior notice before beginning proceedings.

They requested that the high court restrain the concerned authorities from taking coercive action against them and declare the arrest, detention and disappearance of PTI workers as contrary to the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution.

The PTI leaders demanded that the LHC prevent the respondents from initiating proceedings regarding the various FIRs filed in Punjab.

The petitioners’ counsel Salman Safdar implored that more than 100 FIRs had been registered against the former premier, PTI leaders and workers. He added that thousands of the workers had been picked up and illegally detained.

The counsel continued that elections were to be held for the Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa assemblies as per the constitutional mandate, and the tenure of the National Assembly was coming to an end which meant that elections would be held at the national level as well.

“The people repeatedly have and conclusively provided their verdict, through public gatherings large and small and results of by-elections where the PTI fielded its candidates. The PTI consist