The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will deliberate tomorrow on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s appeal against the Toshakhana case verdict. The hearing will be presided over by a bench that includes Chief Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Babar Sattar.
The petition was presented by esteemed lawyer Sardar Latif Khosa, invoking section 561-A, which pertains to the inherent powers of the high court. The plea emphasizes the wide-ranging nature of the high court’s inherent powers and stresses the importance of ensuring justice. The petition points out an apparent omission in the earlier proceedings, stating that certain arguments presented by Khan’s counsel, seeking the suspension of the trial court’s verdict, were neither recorded nor acknowledged in the order dated 28th August 2023.
Furthermore, the appeal highlighted that the IHC’s decision on August 28 only addressed the suspension of the PTI chief’s sentence and failed to address the trial court’s initial order.
Toshakhana Case Verdict in Retrospect
On August 5, the District and Sessions Court pronounced a three-year jail term to the PTI chairman in relation to the Toshakhana criminal case. Alongside the imprisonment, a fine of Rs 100,000 was imposed on the PTI leader. The verdict also deemed the former prime minister unfit to assume public office for the subsequent five years.
The core reasoning of the court’s decision revolved around allegations of corrupt practices, culminating in a three-year jail sentence for the PTI chairman. The court’s statement asserted that Imran Khan had intentionally provided fabricated details concerning Toshakhana gifts to the ECP, solidifying the corruption charges against him.
The ramifications of this case have far-reaching implications, with the former prime minister being barred from holding any public office for five years. As the IHC reviews the appeal, all eyes are on the court’s decision, which has the potential to reshape the political landscape.