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IHC stops trial court from testifying witnesses in Imran-Bushra nikah case

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  • HC has adjourned the case till January 25.
  • Nikah took place 48 days after divorce, says Raja.
  • He says Supreme Court verdict available regarding iddat.

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday stopped the trial court from recording statements of witnesses in the case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi’s solemnising nikah in an unIslamic way, Geo News reported.

The directives were issued by IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq during today’s hearing of the case.

Imran, who was removed from prime minister’s office in April 2022, and his wife have denied all charges in the case registered by Bushra’s former husband, Khawar Maneka, in November 2023.

At the hearing’s outset, Imran and Bushra’s counsel Barrister Salman Akram Raja apprised the court that the entire district judiciary was present in Adiala Jail to record statements of witnesses.

The IHC chief justice then directed him to provide details of the case as he would stop the trial court from recording the witnesses’ statements. 

Even if the witnesses’ statements were accepted, the nikah took place 48 days after the divorce, Raja said.

The court inquired what was the duration of iddat (the intervening period before the next marriage). The barrister replied usually it was 90 days but Islamic jurisprudent and noted scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani had given a clarification in the said period.

He also said a Supreme Court verdict was available regarding iddat

CJ Farooq said let’s suppose the SC ruling was not available then what was he challenging in the petition. The counsel replied he had challenged the summon issued to Imran and Bushra in the case.

The chief justice said as per the law, if nikah was solemnised during iddat then it was regularised later. He wondered what the crime was even if the nikah was not formal.

The high court issued a notice to Bushra’s ex-husband, Khawar Maneka, and adjourned the case till January 25.

On January 15, a local court had indicted Imran and his wife in the case of solemnising their marriage against Islamic laws.

Senior Civil Judge Qudratullah had read out the charges in the court set up in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail. 

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No “major breakthrough” in the opposition-led JUI-F and PTI meeting

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Maulana Fazalur Rehman stated that mending rifts in relationships and getting rid of resentment in an interview with the media in Islamabad with a team from the Tehreek-e-Tahafuz-e-Ayeen-e-Pakistan that paid him a visit.

While no significant progress was made at the meeting, all sides decided to keep in touch in order to plan for the future.

“A positive message,” according to the JUI-F chief, was received with open arms by the delegation. Taking a “united” stance on national issues was the primary goal of the meeting, he said.

Democracy is losing its appeal, and Pakistan’s parliament and constitution are losing their respect. In parliament, Maulana Fazalur Rehman continued, “we should have a single voice.”

Remarking on the event, National Assembly Opposition Leader Omar Ayub thanked the JUI-F leader for ‘warmly’ receiving the group.

We had a fruitful discussion in the meeting, he declared, urging the opposition parties to work with the PTI to “protect” the constitution.

Constitutional violations and a lack of a rule of law are the claims made by Omar Ayub. According to him, there was “no reason” why the police searched the PTI’s Islamabad central secretariat office.

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In the instance of illegal recruitment, Pervaiz Elahi is granted bail.

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The earlier-reserved court ruling was delivered by LHC Judge Sultan Tanveer Ahmad on Tuesday.

LHC had filed a post-arrest bail motion, according to the former chief minister.

On October 25, 2023, Pervaiz was taken into custody by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE).

From June 1 to September 18, Elahi has been arrested in a number of crimes; the most recent one was reported by the Punjab ACE on September 18.

More: Pervaiz Elahi’s condition “deteriorated” in Adiala jail; he was hurried to PIMS.

In the Punjab Assembly, Elahi illegally hired 12 people for grade 17 positions, according to information provided by an ACE representative.

In the provincial assembly, the candidates were chosen through record-altering.

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The bail petition of Parvez Elahi in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by the ATC.

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A bail application filed by Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, a leader of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) party, in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on the grounds of prematurity.

ATC Judge Arshad Javed announced the decision during today’s hearing.

The counsel representing Parvez Elahi contended that there was a significant likelihood of his client being arrested in relation to the Jinnah House attack case. It was stated that the ex-Chief Minister had previously been held in custody on judicial remand in other cases.

The petitioner requested the court to authorise the release of Parvez Elahi on bail in the Jinnah House attack case.

Nevertheless, the prosecution argued that the bail petition did not meet the necessary legal criteria, emphasising that Parvez Elahi had not been apprehended in connection with the case.

Considering these considerations, the court rejected Parvez Elahi’s request for release, stating that it was premature since he had not been arrested in the Jinnah House attack case.

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