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Relief for ex-Pakistani PM Imran Khan in Toshakhana case
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Relief for ex-Pakistani PM Imran Khan in Toshakhana case

| @indiablooms | 12 May 2023, 04:15 pm

Islamabad: Two days after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan's indictment in the Toshakhana case, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday issued a stay order on criminal proceedings on the matter.

The stay order will remain effective till the next hearing of the case on June 8.

On May 10, Additional Sessions Judge Humayun Dilawar indicted the PTI chief, rejecting objections raised by Khan’s lawyers, according to Geo news.

IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, today, heard Khan's petition against the order restraining the lower court from further proceedings.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had filed a complaint seeking proceedings under criminal law for not disclosing information pertaining to the gifts the former premier received during his time in office.

During the IHC hearing, PTI chief’s lawyer Khawaja Haris argued that the complaint against his client was submitted by a district election commissioner and not by a competent authority.

He added that the ECP did not submit a letter to appoint someone as competent authority.

“Election Commission only asked its office to file a complaint.

The complaint filed without the competent authority cannot be heard,” the lawyer said, adding that he’s relying on the documents provided with the record by the prosecution.

Meanwhile, the chief justice remarked that there are other pleas of similar nature and petitions against the interim order.

(With UNI inputs)

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