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Court rejects Imran’s plea to transfer hearing of ‘attempted murder’ case to judicial complex

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  • Advocate Awan assures Imran Khan’s presence in court tomorrow.
  • Seeks transfer of hearing of Toshakhana, attempted murder case. 
  • Court adjourns hearing till tomorrow. 

ISLAMABAD: A district and sessions court on Monday rejected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s petition seeking transfer of the hearing of the “attempted murder” case to the judicial complex. 

Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal announced the verdict he had reserved earlier today.

Khan’s lawyer Babar Awan filed two petitions on Khan’s behalf, seeking an exemption for the PTI chief from today’s hearing and a transfer of the hearing scheduled in the district court to the banking court. 

The PTI chief is already expected to appear in a banking court tomorrow for the hearing of the Toshakhana case.

Advocate Awan, citing security reasons, requested the court to hear the attempted murder case at the judicial complex.

“There has been a security alert in the district and sessions court as per the reports by the agencies and terror incidents have taken place before,” said Awan, adding that Khan has to appear in the same court tomorrow.

Awan said that along with the former premier, citizens were also at risk in the district court.

At this, the judge said that Khan would have to appear before the court, adding that it was the first time he had heard this request.

The lawyer urged the court to transfer the hearing of the case; however, the judge said it did not fall under his jurisdiction.

Advocate Awan also requested the court to defer the verdict on Khan’s plea seeking an extension in bail till tomorrow in the attempted murder case.

The court accepted Khan’s plea seeking exemption from the hearing in the attempted murder case registered against him by a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader.

Khan’s lawyer also assured the judge that the PTI chief will appear before the court tomorrow in the “attempted murder” case. 

“Imran Khan will appear before Islamabad courts tomorrow,” Awan assured the court. 

Meanwhile, PML-N leader Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha’s lawyer requested the court to order Khan’s medical examination from PIMS Hospital and dismiss his bail plea — which was rejected by the court. 

The court also questioned the investigating officer (IO) regarding the probe. 

The IO said that a USB was sent to National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), however, nothing could be recovered. 

“Imran Khan is not in the video clips. He was not present at the site of the incident,” he added. 

Expressing anger over the IO, Judge Iqbal ordered him to conduct the investigation under Section 109. 

Moreover, the station house officer (SHO) of the Secretariat Police Station said that Imran Khan had ordered the protest outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). 

“Has the plaintiff provided any evidence against Imran Khan?” asked the judge. 

At this, the SHO said that the USB was available. To this, the judge said that Khan was not present in the video clips. 

Judge Iqbal directed the SHO to carry out a fair investigation and adjourned the hearing till tomorrow (Tuesday). 

Attempted murder case

PML-N leader Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha filed a case against the former prime minister last year at the Secretariat Police Station in the federal capital.

The case was filed a day after Ranjha was allegedly attacked outside the ECP office, where PTI workers and supporters were protesting the electoral body’s verdict that resulted in the disqualification of their party chief in the Toshakhana case.

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PTI is given further time by the ECP to provide documents in the intra-party election case.

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Following an intra-party elections case, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was given an extension by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday to submit its paperwork.

Hearings were held on the PTI intra-party election case before a three-member bench chaired by Sindh ECP member Nisar Durrani.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ECP member questioned who oversaw the PTI elections as it wasn’t an organization.

Regarding the PTI’s recent election, the ECP voiced no objections. Barrister Gohar, the Chief of PTI, replied, “We plan to address a few legal and technical queries given enough time.”

During the raid on the PTI Central Secretariat, he claimed that the police had seized everything, including crucial party records, and that they had not even left a “water dispenser.”

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The PTI has filed a petition with the Lahore High Court to seek permission for holding a protest at Minar-e-Pakistan on August 14.

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In its appeal, PTI said that there will be no unlawful activity during the gathering, which they intended to hold on August 14 at Minar-e-Pakistan.

Permission from the court to hold the rally at Minar-e-Pakistan was requested.

PTI also asked for an injunction to stop harassing the petitioner and their family.

Notifying the Deputy Commissioner and other relevant parties, the court requested their comments. There was a one-week delay in the heating.

Note that the administration was also ordered by the Islamabad High Court to hold talks with the PTI in order to arrange a public gathering.

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The chairman of PTI, Barrister Gohar, and Raoof Hasan have been arrested.

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Senator Shibli Faraz of the PTI alleged on Monday that the Islamabad Capital Territory Police (ICT) surrounded the PTI secretariat in Islamabad and apprehended PTI chairman Barrister Gohar and party spokesperson Rauf Hasan.

A substantial group of law enforcement officers arrived outside the PTI secretariat, accompanied by female police personnel.

Shibli Faraz alleged that the chairman of PTI and Rauf Hasan were apprehended by the ICT Police.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Secretariat was sealed by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) on May 24. The operation, carried out in cooperation with the district administration, featured anti-encroachment teams armed with heavy machinery that were deployed at the location situated in Sector G-84.

As to a representative from the CDA, the specific plot was assigned to an individual named Sartaj Ali. Nevertheless, instances of non-compliance with building regulations, such as the erection of an extra level, were observed. Additionally, it was stated that the political party had unlawfully occupied the neighboring acreage.

The Islamabad High Court issued a directive on June 4, instructing authorities to promptly remove the seal from Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s headquarters office in the federal capital, Islamabad.

Justice Thaman Rifat Imtiaz of the Islamabad High Court has delivered a ruling that was previously kept undisclosed. The court granted PTI’s case against the Capital Development Authority CDA.

On June 3, the Islamabad High Court deferred its verdict regarding the appeal against sealing the central secretariat of PTI and the CDA operation.

On May 27, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) dismissed the objection raised by the registrar’s office about the case filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The petition was against the closure of the party’s central secretariat and the actions of the Capital Development Authority (CDA). The instruction was given.

The PTI leader filed a petition seeking the annulment of the CDA’s order to seal the Central Secretariat.

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