Islamabad (Web Desk): An Islamabad court on Thursday suspended Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former premier Imran Khan's non-bailable arrest warrants of issued against him in a case in connection with his remarks regarding threats to female judge till March 20.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Faizan Gillani suspended the warrants and directed the PTI chief to appear before the relevant court on the set date.
On March 13, Senior civil judge Rana Mujahid Rahim had issued former premier's non-bailable arrest warrant for repeatedly failing to appear before the court.
The PTI chief had filed a petition in a local court challenging the arrest warrant, but he has still not appeared before the court in person despite repeated summons.
On March 14, Judge Faizan Haider Gillani had suspended the arrest warrants till March 16 (today).
During today's hearing, prosecutor Rizwan Abbasi appeared before the court and opposed the suspension of Khan's arrest warrant, while PTI's counsel appealed for granting relief to the former premier.
The case against the former prime minister was registered on August 20, 2022 with the Margalla Police Station in the federal capital over his remarks at a rally in F9 Park where he warned Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry and high ranking police officials of dire consequences, as well as the judiciary for what he had called its “biased” attitude towards his party.
The First Information Report (FIR) was lodged hours before another Islamabad police station received a written complaint from a resident of G-11/2 for lodging a case against Imran over making hate-speeches, and inciting rebellion against the army, police and judiciary.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) started contempt of court proceedings against the former prime minister.
However the court later removed the terror charges and also pardoned Imran Khan after he tender an apology in the contempt case.
But a similar case was filed against the PTI chief, after the registration of the first information report (FIR) against him, is still pending before the sessions court.