IHC terms Imran’s arrest ‘legal’ in Al-Qadir Trust case

Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday termed the arrested of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan legal in the Al-Qadir Trust case.
IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, who had raised questions over the Rangers’ move to arrest Khan from the court’s premises earlier in the day — announced the reserved verdict.
The IHC also issued notices to the Islamabad inspector general of police and the interior secretary over contempt of court.
The chief justice ordered the high court registrar to get a first information report (FIR) registered over the circumstances of the arrest, which included manhandling the lawyers present nearby as well as damage to the court building.
He also instructed the registrar to conduct an inquiry and submit a report by May 16.
Imran Khan, who has been embroiled in dozens of cases pending since he was ousted last year, was arrested inside the premises of the high court when he appeared before the court in two cases, according to Geo news.
His arrest follows months of political crisis and comes hours after the military rebuked the ex-international cricketer for alleging a senior officer had been involved in a plot to kill him.
PTI supporters gathered and blocked roads in cities across the country, including the capital Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, and Karachi, resulting in injuries to several and damage to public property.
He could be barred from holding public office if convicted, which would exclude him from elections scheduled for later this year.

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