BHC suspends Imran’s arrest warrant for 2 weeks

On Friday, the Balochistan High Court (BHC) suspended Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan’s non-bailable arrest warrant for two weeks regarding a case related to his alleged use of hate speech against state institutions.

FIR Registered:

Justice Zaheeruddin Kakar presided over the plea filed by the former premier and issued a notice to the concerned parties and directed lawyers to present the affidavit in the next hearing.

Imran Khan had approached the BHC against the first information report (FIR) registered in Quetta. The petitioner presented an argument stating that the authorities had illegally registered the case against the PTI chairman. Furthermore, they requested the court to dismiss the case filed in the Bijli Road police station of the provincial capital.

The legal team of the ousted premier and PTI Provincial President Qasim Khan Suri were also present on the occasion of the submission of the request to dismiss the case against the party chairman.

Earlier this week, a citizen accused Imran of using hate speech against state institutions, and the authorities registered an FIR against him based on the complaint.

Khalil Kakar, a resident of Nawa Killi, submitted the FIR against Imran and it was also reported that the Balochistan police have left for Lahore to arrest the deposed prime minister.

PTI members Azam Swati and Shahbaz Gill faced similar FIRs on the accusation of using derogatory language against state institutions, but the high court later dismissed those cases.

Islamabad Police:

On March 5, a team of Islamabad police had also gone to Lahore to arrest Imran with court orders, but the PTI chief had evades his arrest.

Later, Imran had approached a district and sessions court for the cancellation of the arrest warrants. However, the sessions court judge had rejected his request and upheld the warrants.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had later given temporary relief to the PTI chief by suspending the non-bailable arrest warrants against him issued by a district and sessions court in the Toshakhana (gift repository) reference by March 13.

Published in the Logical Baat, March 10,2023.

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