Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), left his residence in Lahore’s Zaman Park to appear in court today in the Toshakhana case in Islamabad.
Before Imran Khan arrived at the Judiciary Complex in Islamabad, heightened security had been enforced to ensure peace and order and prevent untoward incidents like last month.
Islamabad Chief Commissioner Noorul Amin Mengal relocated the hearing from the F-8 Court Complex to the G-11 Judiciary Complex as a “one-time dispensation” in response to the PTI’s claim that Khan’s life is in danger and he needs protection.
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When Khan entered the courthouse a month ago, security measures were disrupted because PTI members dismantled all barriers to their party leader’s court appearances. On this occasion, some personnel destroyed the structure and disrupted the decorum of the courtroom.
Khan will appear before Additional Session Judge Zafar Iqbal after the judge issued non-bailable arrest warrants for the former prime minister due to his repeated absences from the court, alleging “security threats” from his lawyers.
The Islamabad police experienced opposition on March 14 when they traveled to Lahore to arrest Khan in compliance with court orders. As a result, around sixty police officers from Islamabad and Punjab were injured, along with other PTI employees.
Khan’s legal team rushed and sought relief from the sessions court, but the judge stated that his orders were valid and that the PTI chairman should submit himself to the authorities.