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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has reserved its verdict on the petition filed by former prime minister and PTI chairman Imran Khan, seeking cancellation of his non-bailable arrest warrants issued in Toshakhana, TV channel 24NewsHD reported on Wednesday. .
IHC Chief Justice (CJ) Justice Amir Farooq heard the case.
IHC CJ said that respect for the courts is very important. “This should never happen that a law treats people differently,” he said, adding, “For us it is extremely important that a law treats all and sundry alike.”
The chief justice went on to say that a court order stands unless it is declared void. What is happening in Lahore? “What face of Pakistan are we showing to the world,” he said, adding, “We used to hear such incidents happening in tribal areas.”
“Are we telling the world that there will be no action on the laws of the land?” the CJ asked.
He said that the judgments of the courts should be acted upon; whether it is a Supreme Court, a high court or a lower court.
CJ Farooq said there was no need for remand in this case. “The suspect must be arrested and appear in court,” he added.
He said it was unfortunate that pro-party workers were attacking police officers. “This is an attack on the state as cops are there performing duties on behalf of the state,” he said firmly.
Even those, the CJ added, who were attacking police personnel were citizens of this state. “Does anyone in the UK have the courage to stand up against a policeman?” he inquired.
Khawaja Haris, one of the PTI’s lawyers, agreed that what was happening in Lahore was bad but questioned the rationale behind Imran’s arrest four days before the hearing.
During the morning proceedings, the Chief Justice of the IHC, Aamer Farooq, has held Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf responsible for what is happening in Lahore.
Hearing the objections raised on where PTI was challenging PTI Chairman’s non-bailable arrest warrants In the Toshakhana case on Wednesday, the CJ said “This court gave relief to PTI, but whatever is happening in Lahore is unfortunate. This court has shown an honorable path that was not followed.”
The CJ’s comments came after PTI lawyer Khawaja Haris drew attention to the violent clashes between police and party workers in Lahore.
The CJ further said “You have not acted on the court order; We will see the outcome of the Lahore situation. “
Regarding objections raised by the Registrar’s Office on the PTI pleathe CJ said he was removing two objections on the petition, but the remaining objections will be resolved by PTI’s own legal team.
The CJ of the IHC gave Imran Khan’s legal team three days to remove the remaining objections on the petition. “I am giving you three days’ time, but this also does not mean that I will hear you after three days. I will be here, you will remove the objections,” he added.
When the CJ told Khawaja Haris and Ali Bukhari that they looked worried, Imran Khan’s lawyers responded “The whole country is worried.”
Reporter Ehtisham Kiyani