Toshakhana case: Court rejects Imran Khan’s right of defense

    Additional District & Sessions Judge Humayoun Dilawar accepted ECP’s request to declare all witnesses irrelevant

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    In the Toshakhana case, the court rejected the right of defense of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and accepted the request of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to declare all his witnesses irrelevant.

    Additional District and Sessions Judge Humayoun Dilawar heard the Toshakhana criminal proceedings case.

    The PTI chairman submitted a list of four witnesses including tax consultant Muhammad Usman Ali, senior manager Qadeer Ahmed, ITP senior manager Naveed Farid and PTI’s Rauf Hassan.

    Advocate Amjad Pervaiz, counsel for the Election Commission, objected that they were irrelevant witnesses.

    Additional District and Sessions Judge Humayoun Dilawar dismissed PTI chairman’s plea for summoning witnesses and declared all his four witnesses irrelevant.

    The court said that the accused could not prove the relevance of the case of witnesses; the list submitted today included a tax consultant and an accountant.

    PTI chairman’s lawyer Barrister Gohar told the court that the ECP did not present the statement of the client’s account before the court, but a photocopy statement has been given.

    Judge Humayoun Dilawar summoned the parties for final arguments in the case tomorrow and said that if the parties do not give final arguments tomorrow, then the decision will be reserved.

    The court adjourned the hearing of the case till 11 pm tomorrow.