Imran Khan’s case hearing location unexpectedly changed

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan will now appear in court at a different location, the government declared in a statement dated May 9.

The former prime minister Imran Khan was arrested by the Rangers from inside the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday.

Despite nationwide protests over the arrest erupting, the administration has defended the action, insisting that it was legal.

The PTI chairman is required by law to attend an important hearing today before an anti-graft court. Rangers detained him yesterday in connection with the Al-Qadir Trust investigation by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

However, the Chief Commissioner Islamabad Capital Territory’s office said late on Tuesday night that the hearing’s location had been shifted to the police guest house in Islamabad.

As part of the Toshakhana case, brought by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Imran was also expected to appear before a local court in the nation’s capital on May 10.

Judge Humayun Dilawar dismissed two petitions submitted by the PTI leader on Friday that contested the criminal charges being brought against him in the Toshakhana case.

The ECP submitted the reference in November of last year, asking the court to pursue criminal charges against the PTI leader for allegedly lying to officials about the gifts he received from foreign dignitaries while serving as prime minister.