- The Supreme Court rejects the PTI’s petition challenging the legality of Imran Khan’s arrest by the NAB.
- The registrar office returns the petition, stating that Imran Khan should file an intra-court appeal and the petition lacks his signature.
- PTI is reassessing its legal strategy and considering an intra-court appeal to pursue Imran Khan’s release.
The Supreme Court has dismissed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) petition challenging the legality of party chief Imran Khan’s arrest by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had earlier declared Khan’s arrest as lawful, prompting PTI to seek relief from the apex court. However, the registrar office returned the petition, stating that it did not meet the necessary requirements.
In response to Imran Khan’s arrest on Tuesday within the premises of the IHC, the PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi called for an emergency meeting of the party’s seven-member committee. The purpose was to assess the situation and formulate a comprehensive strategy to secure Khan’s safe and prompt release.
Led by PTI’s senior vice president Fawad Chaudhry, the party’s legal team filed the petition before the Supreme Court. The petition sought leave to appeal against the IHC’s decision and requested the court to declare the warrant issued by the NAB chairman as void. It also urged the court to order the immediate release of Imran Khan.
However, minutes after the submission, the registrar office returned the petition, highlighting two key issues. Firstly, it pointed out that Imran Khan had not approached the relevant forum and could instead file an intra-court appeal. Secondly, the petition lacked the signature of the PTI chief, raising concerns about its authenticity.
Despite the setback, the PTI remains determined to secure Imran Khan’s release and will explore alternate legal avenues to pursue their case. The rejection by the Supreme Court has added further complexity to the ongoing legal battle, setting the stage for a prolonged legal process.
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