Thursday, June 8, 2023

Supreme Court Declares Imran Khan’s Arrest “Illegal”: Major Relief for PTI Chairman

  • Pakistan’s Supreme Court declares the arrest of Imran Khan in the Al-Qadir Trust case as illegal.
  • The court expresses concerns about the disrespect shown to the judicial system and emphasizes access to justice for all citizens.
  • The legality of the arrest warrant and compliance with it will be reviewed, raising questions about the conduct of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

In a significant turn of events, the Supreme Court has declared the arrest of Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), in the Al-Qadir Trust case as “illegal.” The court has ordered his immediate release, providing a major relief to the PTI leader.

This decision comes after Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial expressed strong dissatisfaction with Khan’s arrest from the premises of Islamabad High Court, referring to it as a disgrace to the country’s judicial establishment.

Imran Khan’s Late Arrival at Court Raises Questions

Despite the court’s directive to present Khan at 4:30 pm, he was produced more than an hour later, around 5:40 pm. This delay raised eyebrows and fueled speculation regarding the circumstances surrounding his arrest.

Questions Regarding Rangers’ Behavior and NAB’s Actions

During the hearing, Khan’s lawyer informed the court that Rangers personnel misbehaved with him and arrested him while he was getting his biometric verification done.

The court expressed concerns about the sanctity of the judicial system and criticized the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for disrespecting the court. The legality of the NAB warrant and compliance with it will be reviewed by the court.

Security Concerns and Controversies Surrounding the Arrest

Khan’s legal team highlighted that he is on the “target list of terrorists” and his security had been withdrawn. They also pointed out that the NAB investigation officer was absent during the arrest, raising doubts about the proper procedure followed.

NAB’s Alleged Misconduct and Impact on Judicial System

The court criticized NAB for its alleged political engineering and its track record of disrespecting individuals. It raised questions about the number of personnel involved in Khan’s arrest and the implications of such actions on the sanctity of the court.

The court emphasized the importance of access to justice and expressed concerns that such arrests would discourage people from seeking justice.

Also Read: Supreme Court Dismisses PTI’s Petition Challenging Imran Khan’s Arrest

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