Pakistan: Court issues non-bailable arrest warrant against former PM Imran Khan

Islamabad sessions court hearing the Toshakhana case issued warrant over his persistent absences

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Security personnel clear way for a vehicle carrying Imran Khan after his court appearance in Islamabad. — AP
Security personnel clear way for a vehicle carrying Imran Khan after his court appearance in Islamabad. — AP

Published: Tue 28 Feb 2023, 6:01 PM

Last updated: Tue 28 Feb 2023, 6:05 PM

An Islamabad sessions court hearing the Toshakhana case against former prime minister Imran Khan on Tuesday issued non-bailable arrest warrant for him over persistent absences.

But he was granted bail in two other cases amid high drama outside the court premises where hundreds of his supporters converged in support of their leader. Khan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, travelled from his Zaman Park residence in Lahore to Islamabad to appear in three cases here in the federal capital.

The court issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Khan and adjourned the hearing till March 7 for his repeated failure to appear before the court.

His indictment in Toshakhana case was earlier postponed twice due to his absence.

Khan has been in the crosshairs for buying gifts at a discounted price from the state depository called Toshakhana and selling them for profit.

The former cricketer-turned-politician was, however, granted bail by the Anti-Terrorism court (ATC) as well as the banking court in the prohibited funding case as he appeared in Islamabad in the judicial complex as hundreds of his supporters thronged the vicinity.

Meanwhile, ATC judge Raza Jawed granted Khan interim bail till March 9. The Islamabad Police had registered a terrorism case against Khan and senior PTI leaders for allegedly vandalising state property in response to the Toshakhana case.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in October last year filed a case in an Islamabad-based banking court against Khan and other PTI leaders over allegedly receiving prohibited funding.

The Election Commission of Pakistan last year found the party guilty of concealing that it had received the money and also disqualified Khan.

Khan has not attended any hearings since November last year when he was injured in an assassination attempt at his rally in the Wazirabad area of Punjab.

Khan was granted interim bail by a special court in Islamabad after being shot during the assassination attempt.

He has since received extensions on his bail due to medical reasons.

Khan has been leading protests for months now calling for early elections to oust the current government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who says polls will be held later this year when parliament completes its five-year term.

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