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A district and sessions court in Islamabad on Monday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in a case related to the use of threatening language against Additional Sessions Judge, Islamabad, Zeba Chaudhry. News Aaj reported.
Last year in August, a bench of three judges issued a show cause notice to Imran regarding his comments against the judge. The federal capital police booked the former prime minister under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (punishment for acts of terrorism) regarding his comments.
During today’s hearing, the PTI filed a plea seeking exemption from Imran’s personal appearance.
However, Senior Civil Judge Rana Mujahid Rahim issued a warning that non-bailable arrest warrants may be issued for the PTI chairman if he fails to appear before the court today.
When the former Prime Minister failed to appear, the court directed the police to arrest Imran and produce him before the court by March 29.
The judge said that the court will hear arguments on Imran’s petition seeking to be dismissed from the case in the next case.
Earlier, the former Prime Minister had expressed his “deep regret” regarding comments made against Judge Zeba, saying he would not “shy from expressing his regret to her”. The former Prime Minister said he had no intention of threatening a female judge.
Imran expressed his gratitude to the high court for giving him an opportunity to reflect on the matter and its significance. He added that he has great respect for the lower judiciary and that he supports women’s rights in Pakistan.