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Court issues bailable warrant for Imran in threatening judge case

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, an Islamabad district and sessions court issued another bailable warrant for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) head Imran Khan in the case of the former prime minister threatening a female judge during a public address.

During the hearing, prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi reminded Judicial Magistrate Malik Aman that Imran had been summoned in person by the court and that his petition for exemption had been denied.

The prosecutor urged the court to issue a non-bailable arrest order because bailable warrants had previously been issued. He questioned whether other accused people were treated similarly to Imran.

According to Abbasi, appeals for the warrants were filed on behalf of the former premier, but he had not appeared in person before the court.

Imran’s counsel, Faisal Chaudhry, informed the sessions court that multiple bail applications were being heard by the Islamabad High Court (IHC). He said that the PTI leader couldn’t walk properly because of the bullet wound on his leg, and that the court had to ensure his safety.

The judge added that Imran’s motion to be excused from appearing in court had been denied, prompting the lawyer to suggest that a new plea would be required.

Imran’s lawyer Ali Bhukhari informed the court that Imran no longer resided at Bani Gala and that his warrants should instead be served at his Zaman Park property.

Later, the lawyers requested that Imran be excused from today’s hearing.

Following the hearing, the court issued a bailable warrant for Imran and ordered him to furnish surety bonds of Rs 20,000.

The court also directed the relevant authorities to deliver the warrant to Zaman Park. The hearing was postponed until May 25.

The case against the former prime minister was filed on August 20, 2022, with the federal capital’s Margalla police station over his remarks at a rally in F9 Park, where he threatened Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry and police high-ups with dire consequences for their “biased” attitude toward his party.

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