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Court rejects Imran’s plea to transfer hearing of ‘attempted murder’ case to judicial complex

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  • Advocate Awan assures Imran Khan’s presence in court tomorrow.
  • Seeks transfer of hearing of Toshakhana, attempted murder case. 
  • Court adjourns hearing till tomorrow. 

ISLAMABAD: A district and sessions court on Monday rejected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s petition seeking transfer of the hearing of the “attempted murder” case to the judicial complex. 

Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal announced the verdict he had reserved earlier today.

Khan’s lawyer Babar Awan filed two petitions on Khan’s behalf, seeking an exemption for the PTI chief from today’s hearing and a transfer of the hearing scheduled in the district court to the banking court. 

The PTI chief is already expected to appear in a banking court tomorrow for the hearing of the Toshakhana case.

Advocate Awan, citing security reasons, requested the court to hear the attempted murder case at the judicial complex.

“There has been a security alert in the district and sessions court as per the reports by the agencies and terror incidents have taken place before,” said Awan, adding that Khan has to appear in the same court tomorrow.

Awan said that along with the former premier, citizens were also at risk in the district court.

At this, the judge said that Khan would have to appear before the court, adding that it was the first time he had heard this request.

The lawyer urged the court to transfer the hearing of the case; however, the judge said it did not fall under his jurisdiction.

Advocate Awan also requested the court to defer the verdict on Khan’s plea seeking an extension in bail till tomorrow in the attempted murder case.

The court accepted Khan’s plea seeking exemption from the hearing in the attempted murder case registered against him by a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader.

Khan’s lawyer also assured the judge that the PTI chief will appear before the court tomorrow in the “attempted murder” case. 

“Imran Khan will appear before Islamabad courts tomorrow,” Awan assured the court. 

Meanwhile, PML-N leader Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha’s lawyer requested the court to order Khan’s medical examination from PIMS Hospital and dismiss his bail plea — which was rejected by the court. 

The court also questioned the investigating officer (IO) regarding the probe. 

The IO said that a USB was sent to National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), however, nothing could be recovered. 

“Imran Khan is not in the video clips. He was not present at the site of the incident,” he added. 

Expressing anger over the IO, Judge Iqbal ordered him to conduct the investigation under Section 109. 

Moreover, the station house officer (SHO) of the Secretariat Police Station said that Imran Khan had ordered the protest outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). 

“Has the plaintiff provided any evidence against Imran Khan?” asked the judge. 

At this, the SHO said that the USB was available. To this, the judge said that Khan was not present in the video clips. 

Judge Iqbal directed the SHO to carry out a fair investigation and adjourned the hearing till tomorrow (Tuesday). 

Attempted murder case

PML-N leader Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha filed a case against the former prime minister last year at the Secretariat Police Station in the federal capital.

The case was filed a day after Ranjha was allegedly attacked outside the ECP office, where PTI workers and supporters were protesting the electoral body’s verdict that resulted in the disqualification of their party chief in the Toshakhana case.

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Parliament’s joint session has been rescheduled for April 18.

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Following the general elections on February 8, the legislative year will begin on Thursday with President Asif Ali Zardari addressing the first session of both houses of parliament.

Articles 54 (1) and 56 (3) of the Constitution were invoked by President Zardari to call the meeting. According to Article 56(3), he will speak to the combined session, which starts at 4 p.m.

The combined session, which was originally set for April 16, has been moved to April 18. For this reason, the April 16 joint parliamentary session notification is revoked.

Note that both the upper and lower houses have had their members elected in accordance with the constitution, and that this will be the nation’s first joint session after the new legislative year has begun.

Former President Arif Alvi was still in office after the elections that took place on February 8, but he was unable to call a joint session because the Senate elections had not yet taken place.

The combined session was summoned by President Zardari a few weeks after he took the oath of office and after the Senate elections went well.

Some months after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s coalition government had taken power in the center, Alvi had already called a joint session of parliament on October 6, 2022.

On the other hand, the session was called by the then-president to commemorate the start of the 2022 National Assembly’s final full year.

Amidst the nation’s increasing political instability, the former president emphasized the need for dialogue and urged to end polarization in his speech to the parliament, which was marred by an unexpected boycott by the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F).

“Stubbornness doesn’t mean that a person is a Polarized person.”

In the end, the number of parliamentarians in attendance during the former president’s speech dropped down to 12 from the initial 15 people.

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In instances from May 9, the ATC prevented police from detaining Fawad Chaudhry.

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The ATC judge issued the directives after allowing Fawad Chaudhry temporary release until April 20 in four cases involving the violence on May 9.

Additionally, the police were instructed by the court to bring the case file against Chaudhry at the following hearing.

Speaking to reporters outside the court, Fawad Chaudhry expressed his optimism for a bright future after spending four stints behind bars.

Among the numerous issues Chaudhry is dealing with are allegations of corruption.

The former PTI leader was released from Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail on April 6.

On April 1, Fawad Chaudhry was granted bail by a division bench of the Islamabad High Court, which was composed of Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri. The case included land in Jhelum and was brought before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Qasir Imam, Fawad’s attorney, had previously told the court that his client was accused of accepting a Rs. 5 million bribe from a civilian.

He added that he had never seen the complainant whose complaint led to the filing of a first information report (FIR) against his client. The accusation is that the complainant bribed Fawad and his client offered him a job.

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The SHC is contesting Aseefa Bhutto’s election to the Nawabshah NA seat.

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Mustafa Rind of the PTI asserted in a high court suit that his nomination papers were turned down following his kidnapping.

He begged that the announcement of Aseefa Bhutto’s uncontested election be deemed invalid, and he added that a by-election to fill the National Assembly’s open seats will take place on April 21.

On March 29, the Pakistani Election Commission announced that Aseefa Bhutto had emerged victorious as the MNA from NA-207, following the withdrawal of nomination papers from the remaining three candidates.

Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah), which became vacant after her father Asif Ali Zardari was elected as Pakistan’s 14th President, was held by Aseefa Bhutto in the National Assembly.

In the initial round of nomination papers for the by-election, 11 candidates were confirmed by the Returning Officer. Only four nominees’ papers, including Aseefa Zardari, were accepted after careful examination, nevertheless.

In an effort to garner support for her brother Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Aseefa led a number of rallies during the PPP’s strong involvement in the election campaign leading up to the general elections on February 8. At a PPP gathering in Multan on November 30, 2020, she made her political debut.

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