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Imran Khan fails to look earlier than JIT for third time in terror case

Former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan (C) arrives to look earlier than the Anti-Terrorism Court docket in Islamabad on September 1, 2022. — AFP/File 

PTI Chairman Imran Khan has but once more failed to look earlier than the Islamabad Police’s joint investigation workforce (JIT) within the terror case filed in opposition to him regardless of being summoned for the third time.

After the Islamabad Excessive Court docket’s (IHC) orders, the pinnacle of the JIT — for the third time — issued a discover to Khan, directing him to report back to Islamabad’s Margalla Police Station, at this time at 6pm. The PTI chief, nevertheless, didn’t present up.

Learn extra: Imran Khan to ‘settle for’ any verdict by IHC CJ

Final week, the IHC had requested the previous premier to make sure cooperation with the police through the probe of the contempt of courtroom case lodged in opposition to him for threatening a decrease courtroom choose, Zeba Chaudhry.

Khan, in line with the discover, should seem earlier than the JIT and reply to queries concerning the costs levelled in opposition to him. The discover additionally said that regardless of the orders of the IHC, the previous PM neither appeared earlier than the JIT nor clarified his place within the case.

The JIT — within the current discover — talked about that Khan was summoned on September 9 and 10 for the investigation of the case as nicely and the JIT waited for his arrival on the designated time, however he by no means confirmed up.

Though Khan didn’t seem earlier than the JIT, he submitted a reply on Friday (September 9) via his lawyer stating that the threats issued to a feminine choose in a rally don’t fall underneath “terrorism” and the case needs to be dismissed as he’s “harmless”.

“I’m the chairman of Tehreek-e-Insaf, I’ve been the prime minister of Pakistan, the federal government tortured [my aide] Shahbaz Gill as a result of political opposition, the report filed within the Islamabad Excessive Court docket proved the torture of Shahbaz Gill,” Khan advised the JIT within the letter.

The PTI chief added that what he mentioned within the speech can’t be categorised as terrorism, including that he neither dedicated any unlawful acts nor harmed anybody.

Khan’s contempt of courtroom case

A primary info report (FIR) was registered in opposition to the previous prime minister on August 21 underneath the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) for threatening the extra classes choose and senior cops of the Islamabad Police at a rally within the federal capital’s F-9 Park.

The FIR was registered on the criticism of Justice of the Peace Ali Javed at Islamabad’s Margalla Police Station underneath Part 7 of ATA.

Learn extra: IHC to indict Imran Khan in contempt case on Sept 22

Following this, Khan managed to safe transit bail until August 25 from the IHC however was requested to strategy the ATC because it was the related discussion board. Then, the trial courtroom prolonged the interim bail until September 12 within the terrorism case.

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