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Imran Khan avoids indictment with apology in IHC

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has decided not to indict PTI Chairman Imran Khan in the contempt of court case against him.

On Thursday, Imran Khan arrived in court and came to the roster after his counsel asked for permission, which was granted by IHC chief justice.

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Imran Khan explained his remarks regarding the additional session judge and requested to issue an apology before the court.

IHC CJ welcomed the PTI chairman’s statement.

Khan also said, “I’m ready to explain and apologize to additional session judge Zeba Chaudhry.”

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IHC asked Imran Khan to submit a written affidavit and adjourned the hearing till October 3.

At the last hearing on September 8, Imran Khan’s reaction was deemed “unsatisfactory”, and the IHC made the decision to indict the former prime minister [today] since he had not offered a full apology.

The PTI chairman did not apologize in his initial answer to the IHC’s show-cause notice in the case, but he did offer to retract his comments “if they were inappropriate”.

Khan received a show-cause notice on August 23 from a larger bench of the IHC after they initiated contempt of court proceedings against him for threatening a additional session’s judge during the demonstration.

On August 20, the PTI chairman held a rally in the nation’s capital to show support for his chief of staff Shahbaz Gill following allegations of torture committed against him while he was being held.

He threatened to file proceedings against the Islamabad inspector general and deputy inspector general for allegedly torturing Gill, saying that he would “not spare” them.

Strict security measures had been taken for the former premier’s arrival.

According to the police security order, 710 police officers and officers have been deployed, and two superintendents of police are in-charge of them along with a larger contingent of FC and Rangers inside the court.

Additionally, barbed wire has been used to secure the entrances of IHC and its facilities, with armored vehicles present outside.



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