Islamabad court turns down Imran Khan’s plea for warrant cancellation in Toshakhana case


ISLAMABAD – A sessions court has turned down former prime minister Imran Khan’s plea to cancel a non-bailable warrant issued for him in the Toshakhana case.

Additional Session judge Zafar Iqbal pronounced the reserved verdict after PTI legal team contended that Imran Khan has always followed court orders. The court said the ousted premier could have approached Islamabad High Court for the suspension of the warrant.

Khan’s counsel maintained that mam added that a private complaint was registered against the PTI chief under the Election Act 2017. He prayed before the court to quash the warrant, maintaining that arrest warrants are not issued on a private complaint.

Last month, a local court in the capital issued a non-bailable arrest warrant of the former premier over consistent no-show.

On Sunday, high-level team of Islamabad Police arrived at Imran Khan’s Zaman Park residence to implement the arrest warrant but could not find the PTI chief while hundreds of party workers flocked to Zaman Park to block his arrest.

For the unversed, the country’s top electoral watchdog disqualified Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PTI chairman Imran Khan in the Toshakhana reference under Article 63(1)(p), accusing Imran Khan of purchasing gifts from state depository against the rules.