ISLAMABAD: A sessions court on Friday summoned former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for May 10 for his indictment in Thoshakhana reference.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Hamayun Dilawar announced the verdict reserved earlier after hearing arguments of both sides. The court rejected the applications of the PTI chief and directed him to appear before the court on May 10 for his indictment in Thoshakhana reference.
The PTI chief had filed the petitions through his counsels and questioned the jurisdiction of the sessions court for hearing of Thoshakhana case. Both sides argued on the subject matter after which the court reserved the verdict.
Reacting to the decision, PTI Senior Vice-President Fawad Chaudhary said that they would challenge the decision of the trial court before the appellate forum.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) filed the reference in the sessions court against PTI Chief Imran Khan. The reference alleged that the PTI chief did not share details about the gifts he retained from the Thoshakhana
The Thoshakhana works under the Cabinet Division where the gifts given to rulers and government officials by heads of other governments and foreign dignitaries are stored.
The ECP had earlier disqualified Imran Khan under Article 63(1)(p) of the Constitution. The same sessions court issued arrest warrants for Imran Khan in the said case, and subsequently he approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) and challenged the verdict.
The IHC, on his plea, suspended the non-bailable arrest warrants issued against Imran Khan, the Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), suspended the arrest warrants. The PTI chief is currently suffering from pain in his leg and yesterday he turned up before the IHC to seek bail in nine different cases.