LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: during the court session in Lahore searched reply from the police on petition challenging their refusal to book Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for allegedly “ridiculing” the army, Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday asked the ex-premier join investigation against his over his alleged threats to the judge.
The Court of Session demanded reply from SP Inspector of Investigation and Additional District Complaints Inspector by September 10 on motion to dismiss the police against Mr Khan on charge of ridicule of the institution of army in his recent power show in Faisalabad.
By position justice of Peace and Complementary District and Sessions Judge Ghulam Hussain Bhinder heard the petition filed one Sheikh Muzaffar Hussain, per section 22-A and 22-B of in criminal procedure code.
petitioner through counsel claimed to have applied with Samanabad police for Registration of a criminal case against head of PTI for “scandal” senior army officers. He claimed that Mr. Khan, by his statement, was trying to create a division among senior army officers and tried to portray them as “less patriotic”. He said that the PTI chief’s action amounted to a misdemeanor. of “mutiny” under the law, which was subject to prosecution after registration of happening.
IHC orders PTI chief join investigation of alleged threats against Islamabad judge
However, according to him, the SHO flatly refused to act. in conformity with law on Appendix of in petitioner without any legal basis. He argued that the police were required by law to register the case. against accused, appointed in Appendix in conformity with security of Section 154 of KrPK. He asked the court to order the police to open a case. against Mr. Khan in accordance with the relevant provisions of Pakistan Penal Code.
Investigate threats to judge
Meanwhile, the IHC asked the head of PTI join investigation in case registered against his for allegedly hurling threats at additional district and court hearings and senior officials of Islamabad Police.
IHC division bench consisting of Chief Justice Atar Minallah and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz heard a petition aimed at the abolition of FIR. against Mr Khan.
Barrister Salman Safdar, counsel for the chief of PTI argued in court that the police had consolidated some more chapter of law in the FIR.
At the request of the court, Advocate General for Islamabad barrister Jahangir Khan Jadun said the police have not yet filed a lawsuit with the anti-terrorism court because Mr Khan has not joined investigation.
When the court asked if the investigator had ever tried to approach Mr. Khan, the Attorney General replied that the officer had notified him at the place of residence, but no IO was given. access head of the PTI
The court asked the question counsel for Mr Khan will advise his client join investigation, as the case is at the stage of preliminary investigation.
Main justice noted that IO represents the state and in case of any omission, the court was always there to watch over. He said it test case for the police itself, adding that the JO should dispose of FIR if this is not the case made out.
The court asked the AG to inform the court in in case the police face Any issue to access Mr Khan.
bench, however, ordered the prosecution to present the challan and adjourned the hearing until 15 September.
Published in Dawn, September 7, 2022