Islamabad: Pakistan excessive courtroom on Wednesday refused to droop Imran Khan’s arrest warrant in a corruption case and ordered the previous prime minister to go to the trial courtroom together with his petition. Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) celebration has been within the crosshairs for getting presents, together with an costly Graff wristwatch he had obtained because the premier at a reduced worth from the state depository referred to as Toshakhana and promoting them for revenue. On March 13, Extra District and Periods Choose Zafar Iqbal issued an arrest warrant for Imran and instructed the police to current him earlier than the courts on March 18.
Khan, the 70-year-old former cricketer-turned-politician, who has been recovering from a gunshot damage from an assassination try in Wazirabad final yr, has skipped indictment hearings on this case.
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Islamabad excessive courtroom Chief Justice Amir Farooq ordered Khan to current the petition within the trial courtroom and refused to droop the arrest warrants.
Lahore’s Zaman Park space has become a battleground after 70-year-old Khan’s defiant supporters engaged in pitched battles with policemen on Tuesday to cease them from arresting their chief within the Toshakhana case, leading to accidents on either side.
In the meantime, following a Lahore Excessive Court docket order, police and different regulation enforcers withdrew from Khan’s dwelling on Wednesday, placing a halt to clashes that had erupted after police tried to arrest him for not showing in courtroom within the Toshakhana case.
The upscale space the place Khan lives remained underneath siege on Wednesday as the federal government despatched Rangers to assist police groups who struggled on Tuesday to muscle their manner via a hoop of enraged PTI supporters to arrest the previous premier.
Based on Khan, he was dealing with over 80 completely different circumstances in numerous courts throughout Pakistan.
Khan was ousted from energy in April final yr after shedding a no-confidence vote, which he alleged was a part of a US-led conspiracy focusing on him due to his impartial international coverage selections on Russia, China and Afghanistan.
Since his ouster, Khan has been asking for early elections to oust what he termed an “imported authorities” led by prime minister Shehbaz Sharif.
Sharif has maintained that elections might be held later this yr as soon as the parliament completes its five-year tenure.