IHC bars police from Imran Khan’s arrest

Former prime minister had assured court to appear before it on scheduled day

Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday stopped police from arresting former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan.

Imran Khan’s appeal against the District and Session court of Islamabad’s decision was heard by IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq.

The former prime minister should be given an opportunity to testify before the court, the top court said.

Imran Khan’s appeal contesting the validity of his arrest warrants in the Toshakhana case has been met with objections from the IHC’s Registrar’s Office.

The court stated that there was no biometric verification for the PTI head. “How is it possible for the high court to consider a case on which it has already rendered a decision?” The office also inquired.

Subsequently, the court made the decision to consider Khan’s argument notwithstanding the RO’s concerns.

The former prime minister filed a petition to appeal the Islamabad court’s decision to deny his request for the suspension of the arrest warrants that had been issued against him in the Toshakhana gifts case.

Khan, who had refused to comply with the court’s order requiring him to appear before it, submitted the petition through his attorney Khawaja Haris.

The PTI chairman asked in his appeal that the undertaking be accepted and the police be prevented from detaining him. He also promised to appear in court in Islamabad tomorrow (Saturday) asking for an expedited hearing on his appeal.

“[…] This court has issued an arrest warrant for the petitioner solely based on his or her looks. The petitioner has provided his assurance that he will come before this court on the scheduled day, March 18, 2023 and is ready and willing to do so “read the petition.