Islamabad: A sessions court on Thursday dismissed the petition seeking suspension of the arrest warrants issued for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in Thoshakhana case.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal announced the verdict reserved earlier after completion of arguments in the case.
The PTI Chief had approached the sessions for suspension of arrest warrants issue for him.
The decision came at the moment when the Lahore High Court (LHC) extended till tomorrow the stay on police operation in Zaman Park.
The sessions court had previously set February 28 as the date to indict Imran Khan in the reference moved against him by the Election Commission of Pakistan in Thoshakhana case. The PTI Chief skipped his indictment for a number of times.
The court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran Khan and directed the police to produce him before the court by March 7. However, Imran Khan did not appear before the court and challenged the warrants before the Islamabad High Court.
Hearing Khan’s plea, the IHC directed him to appear before the sessions court on March 13 but he led the rally in Lahore instead of turning up there. As a result, the sessions court issued non-bailable arrest warrants again for Imran and directed the police to bring him to court by March 18.
In order to implement the court orders, the Islamabad police reached Zaman Park but they faced huge resistance. The Rangers’ help was sought but that also could not bear any fruit and meanwhile the operation was barred.
The cause of action started due to the decision of the Election Commission of Pakistan in which the PTI Chairman was disqualified for concealing the gifts he had retained from Thoshakhana.