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ECP protest case: LHC rejects Imran Khan’s plea to withdraw bail petition, adjourns hearing till 4pm

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ECP protest case: LHC rejects Imran Khan's plea to withdraw bail petition, adjourns hearing till 4pm

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday turned down PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s request to withdraw his bail plea in a case pertaining to protest outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and adjourned the hearing till 4pm.

The development comes after Mr Khan defied an order to appear before the high court by 2pm. As Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh resumed the hearing, the PTI chief’s lawyer Azhar Siddique said personal physician of his client was present to brief the court.

To which, the judge said: “I would not hear the doctor as he was not a party in the case”. Mr Siddique said he wanted to take back the petition as they had got relief from the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

However, Justice Sheikh pointed out a difference between signatures of Imran Khan on the power of attorney and affidavit submitted in the court. He called it an important issued, stating that he would issue a contempt notice to the PTI chief. He also sought an explanation from the lawyer on the matter.

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The LHC judge also refused to dispose of the case saying he was pending it till 4pm. Azhar Siddique said a new bail petition would be filed shortly.
 

Earlier today, the LHC put off the hearing by 2pm while ordering the PTI chief appear before the court. 

At the outset of the hearing, Imran Khan’s counsel said the consultation process was still going on and they needed an hour’s more time. The court asked the lawyer whether Imran Khan would appear now upon which lawyer said he [Imran Khan] was being consulted. The LHC then adjourned further court proceedings till 2pm  

Earlier, as Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh resumed hearing, Advocate Azhar Siddique submitted power of attorney to represent the former prime minister in the case. The lawyer told the judge that Mr Khan had full trust in the judiciary. He said: “We may offer excuse to court if Imran Khan is not allowed to travel by the doctor”. Saying Mr Khan is head of the country’s largest political party, he said there were also threats to the life of the PTI chief. 

He also hinted at submitting another plea seeking exemption from personal appearance in the case, adding: “We are ponding over two different aspects in the case”. After his arguments, the court earlier adjourned the hearing till 12:30pm. 

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Mr Khan had filed the plea for protective bail after an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday cancelled his bail in a case lodged against him over protesting outside the ECP office.

However, the high court conditioned the bail with the personal appearance of Mr Khan in the case and ordered him to appear before it until 9 am on Thursday.

Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh had remarked that the appellant should be presented before the court on a stretcher or in the ambulance until 8 pm, if necessary.

In the plea, Mr Khan stated that he was a law-abiding citizen and he wanted to surrender himself before the court. He wanted to file a fresh interim bail plea in the court, so protective bail should be granted to him, the plea added.

The plea further stated that Mr Khan had been nominated in the case to victimise him politically. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had rejected the bail plea and had not given Mr Khan an exemption from appearing before the court on medical grounds, the plea stated.

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Anchorperson Imran Riaz released after court dismisses charges against him

Anchorperson Imran Riaz released after court dismisses charges against him

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 YouTuber and anchorperson Imran Riaz has been released following a court order that discharged him from charges of interference in official duties.

Imran Riaz’s lawyer, Mian Ali Ashfaq, confirmed the news on his official X (formerly Twitter) account.

Media reports indicate that on May 29, Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court, Justice Aamer Farooq, allowed Imran Riaz to perform Hajj. However, despite the court’s permission, he was barred from travelling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj on June 3 and had to return home, stating his intent to seek court intervention again.

On June 12, the Islamabad High Court once more permitted Imran Riaz to proceed with Hajj. Yet, on the same day, he was arrested at Lahore Airport, clad in ihram, just as he was about to depart.

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A case under Section 406 for breach of trust was filed against him, but the Model Town Court in Lahore dismissed these charges on June 13. Nonetheless, he was rearrested in connection with another case.

This time, Imran Riaz was accused in a case registered at Sarwar Road Police Station in Lahore for allegedly interfering with official duties by forcibly driving his vehicle through an airport checkpoint, damaging a barrier.

However, on June 14, the Cantt Court in Lahore discharged Imran Riaz from the interference charges, leading to his release as per the court’s order.

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Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

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Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

Federal Information Minister Atta Tarar announced that health insurance for 5,000 journalists will be ensured in the first phase.

While addressing the media at the press club, Tarar stated that the government is committed to the welfare of journalists. He underlined the need to work together to serve the country. He also asserted the government’s belief in freedom of expression while stopping misinformation.

Also read: PPP standing with journalists over defamation law: Hassan Murtaza

Tarar highlighted that everyone must play a part in ending fake. He mentioned that a long meeting with journalists will be held soon saying that his doors are always open for them.

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Furthermore, Atta Tarar said that the government will ensure a minimum wage of Rs 37,000

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Political parties must prioritise country’s progress: President Zardari

Political parties must prioritise country’s progress: President Zardari

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Political parties must prioritise country's progress: President Zardari

 President Asif Ali Zardari has emphasised that political parties must prioritise the country’s progress and prosperity by fulfilling their democratic and constitutional responsibility.

He was talking to Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi, who called on him in Islamabad on Friday.

The president said we must only think about Pakistan and put aside personal differences.

He stressed the need to take Pakistan forward and everyone has to play his role in this regard.

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Speaking on the occasion, the Interior Minister said any challenge can be tackled through the power of unity and solidarity.

Besides, matters of mutual interest and country’s overall situation were discussed in the meeting.

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