Imran given last chance to appear before court in funding case


A banking court in Islamabad on Tuesday rejected the request of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for attending proceedings through video link and gave him the last chance to appear in person in the prohibited funding case

Banking Court Judge Rakhshanda Shaheen warned the PTI leader that his interim bail would be cancelled in case he did not turn up on the next date of hearing

At the outset of the hearing, Imran Khan’s lawyer Salman Safdar requested the court to grant a one-time exemption from appearance to his client on medical grounds, saying that the former prime minister had received more than one bullet in the firing incident and he was unable to move

Special Prosecutor Rizwan Abbasi took the stance that all should be equal in the eyes of the law

The bails of common people were cancelled if they failed to appear, but a former prime minister was given an extension in his bail despite his non-appearance, he added

Read more: Imran to contest NA by-polls on all 33 seats Salman Safdar Advocate pleaded that the former PM had to collect records from various banks in the case

He had requested the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) many times to do an investigation from him at his Zaman Park residence in Lahore but the latter did not want to come there, he added

He said the FIA could send a questionnaire if it did not want to visit his client at his Lahore residence

The facts regarding the case were being ignored, he added

After listening to the arguments, the court adjourned the hearing till February 15, directing the PTI chairman to ensure his appearance on the next date of hearing

The FIA had lodged a case against Imran Khan and others in the light of the decision of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in the prohibited funding case

ATC extends Imran’s bail Meanwhile, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) has extended the interim bail of Imran Khan in a case pertaining to damaging public property during a protest and violation of Section 144 in the federal capital

ATC Judge Raja Jawad Abbas heard the case against the former premier

Dr Baber Awan informed the court that Imran Khan couldn’t appear before the court due to his injuries and prayed to the judge for granting him exemption from appearance

The court extended the interim bail of Imran Khan till February 10 and adjourned the hearing of the case



Date:01-Feb-2023 Reference:View Original Link