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IHC seeks reply from govt on plea against withdrawal of Imran Khan’s security

Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday sought replies from the Interior and the federal government on a petition seeking security for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Chief Justice Aamer Farooq passed the order after hearing initial arguments of the petition filed by PTI Chief Imran Khan against withdrawal of his security.

“Has the security of former prime minister Imran Khan been withdrawn?,” the chief justice asked Advocate Faisal Fareed, the counsel for the PTI Chairman.

On it, the counsel submitted that the government withdrew security of his client and his life was now in danger.

“What are the SOPs if some had security threats?,” the CJ further asked.

CJ also asked that the former CJP Mian Saqib Nisar had ordered to withdraw security of many personality, and asked the counsel if the directives were still in the field or not.

After hearing the arguments, the Islamabad High Court sought replies from the Interior Ministry as well as the federal government and put off further haring till April 6.

PTI Chief Imran Khan filed the petition and submitted that his security had been withdrawn by the government authorities and his life was in danger. He filed the petition after Rana Sanaullah threatened him that either the PML-N will survive or the PTI.

Imran Khan  said that he was booked in 40 terrorism cases registered against him in different cities. He said that the total number of cases registered against him were around 140 and all these cases were politically motivated as he had nothing to with the allegations levelled against him.

The security was withdrawn from Imran Khan after Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah threatened him, saying that either the PML_N will survive or the PTI. 

He through his counsel asked the court to direct the authorities concerned to provide him security.

The government earlier on January 28 had also withdrawn security from the residence of PTI Chief Imran Khan at Banigala.

Over 250 personnel of the capital, KP and Gilgit-Baltistan police as well as the Frontier Constabulary and Rangers were deployed with the former prime minister for his security.  As many as 23 personnel of the federal police and five vehicles and five FC personnel were also appointed for the security of Imran Khan during his movement.


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