Islamabad police will go to Zaman Park within the next 24 hours to arrest the former prime minister in accordance with the orders of Islamabad courts to detain Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan.
Significantly, Mr. Khan was given non-bailable arrest warrants by a sessions court in Islamabad for threatening a female judge who worked at a court in the federal capital.
Mr. Khan was arrested for allegedly making threats against police officers and judicial magistrate Zeba Chaudhry at a gathering in F-9 Park on August 20 in order to “terrorise” both the police and the legal system.
In the morning, Civil Judge Rana Mujahid Rahim issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Mr. Khan due to his repeated failure to appear and released the three-page reserved judgement.
Instead of appearing in person before the judge, the former prime minister submitted a request for an exemption and asked permission to participate electronically through a video link.
A police party from Islamabad flew by helicopter to Lahore earlier in the day to arrest the PTI chairman, who was deposed as prime minister in April, in a desperate attempt to throw him in jail.
According to the sources, many choices were made at a conference between Islamabad and Lahore police officials when the authorities returned to the city to make Mr. Khan’s arrest for the second time.
Participants in the conference decided to give the Islamabad police their full assistance and make sure that they can get to Mr. Khan’s Zaman Park home without encountering any obstacles, according to sources.
They will get in touch with Mr. Khan’s chief security officer before Islamabad police head to Zaman Park, the sources continued.
In two separate cases, two judges issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Mr. Khan; however, he has not repeatedly appeared before them and has instead conducted a rally in Lahore, where he also declared to hold a “historic” protest this Sunday.
The capital police had also arrived in Lahore on March 5 in connection with the Toshakhana investigation, but they were informed that Mr. Khan was not at his Zaman Park apartment, so they had to leave empty-handed.
Moreover, the former prime minister’s non-bailable arrest warrant in the Toshakhana case was reinstated by a district and sessions court earlier in the day.
The Islamabad court had previously held off on rendering a decision on a plea submitted by the former prime minister asking to be excused from the case’s hearing.
Due to Mr. Khan’s persistent absence, the local court had issued a non-bailable arrest order for him, but the IHC halted it last week.
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