Khan: Imran Khan to appear before LHC ahead of bribery case hearing in Islamabad court

LAHORE: Ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan to appear before Pakistani man to research here on Friday and give an assurance that he was ready to appear before the judge in charge of a corruption case against him on Saturday.
Khan, the 70-year-old Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader, resisted arrest in the Toshakhana case and is locked in his Zaman Park residence here surrounded by hundreds of his supporters, who have fought pitched battles with police and Rangers over the past few days.
“Imran Khan will himself come to the High Court in Lahore and assure the judge that he is ready to go to the court in Islamabad,” PTI chief Fawad Chaudhry told the media on Friday, adding that “a commitment has also been taken to court”.
The district and additional session judge in Islamabad, Zafar Iqbal, had again issued non-releasable arrest warrants for Khan on February 28 and ordered the police in the capital to bring him to trial by March 18.
During the hearing of the case, the judge remarked that Khan should surrender unconditionally before seeking a favor from the court.
Khan skipped several hearings in the case.
Judge Iqbal again issued non-releasable arrest warrants for Khan on Monday and ordered police to bring him to trial by March 18.
However, when police reached Khan Zaman Park residence in Lahore to arrest him on Tuesday, they were met with resistance, leading to two-day pitched battles between PTI supporters and the forces of order. The clashes finally calmed down after the intervention of justice on Wednesday.
Ahead of the hearing at the LHC on Friday, Chaudhry tweeted that the two sides had “agreed to resolve the issues” and that the agreed solution would be presented to the court.
Khan has been in the crosshairs for buying gifts, including an expensive Graff wristwatch he received as prime minister at a discount from the state custodian called Toshakhana, and selling them for a profit.
Established in 1974, the Toshakhana is a department under the administrative control of the Cabinet Division and stores valuable gifts given to leaders, parliamentarians, bureaucrats and civil servants by heads of other governments and states and foreign dignitaries.
According to Khan, he was facing more than 80 different cases in various courts across Pakistan.
Khan was ousted from power in April last year after losing a no-confidence vote, which he said was part of a US-led plot targeting him over his independent policy decisions foreign policy on Russia, China and Afghanistan.
Since his ouster, Khan has called for a snap election to oust what he called an “imported government” led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
Sharif maintained that elections will be held later this year once the parliament completes its five-year term.


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