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A District and Sessions Court on Saturday stayed the non-bailable arrest warrants issued against former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case.

Earlier, Imran left for Lahore after appearing in the court. District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal allowed Imran to go back after marking his stop outside the court premises in Islamabad.

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At the same time, he called Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shibli Faraz, Pakistan.

Earlier, Imran said he was not allowed to enter the court premises to attend the hearing of the case related to the Toshakahana reference.

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In an audio message tweeted by a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) official, Imran can be heard saying “I have been waiting outside the door of the court premises for the last 15 minutes trying to enter but they have fired tear gas [shelling] and set checkpoints. It seems they don’t want me in the courtroom.”

The former prime minister reached Islamabad earlier in the day to appear before the court after Additional District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal summoned him.

Meanwhile, the Islamabad police have alleged that PTI workers have been pelting police with stones.

According to Ahh newsa police station was set on fire by protesters.

In a tweet, police in Islamabad said the protesters were “spoiling the justice system”.

The PTI chief left his residence in Zaman Park, Lahore this morning, according to a PTI tweet.

Islamabad police said the former prime minister’s motorcade was right in front of the court complex.

“Political workers are requested to clear the way for Imran Khan to reach the court,” the official Twitter handle of the capital’s police said.

The judicial area in Islamabad has been placed under heavy security to ensure law and order and avoid untoward situations. Islamabad police have warned citizens of possible roadblocks and detours due to traffic disruptions amid tight security around the G-11 court.

Meanwhile, PEMRA has currently banned live/recorded coverage of any mass gatherings, public gatherings and processions by parties, organizations and individuals etc. today, that is 18th March 2023 including from Judicial Zone, Islamabad.

After the PTI raised security concerns, the government on Friday shifted the venue of the additional assembly court to a relatively safer court for hearing the case.

The Islamabad government imposed Section 144 in the capital on Friday evening, banning private companies, security guards or individuals from carrying arms.

“IGP Islamabad has directed citizens to cooperate with the authorities and avoid unnecessary movement to ensure smooth implementation of the traffic plan,” the capital police said in a tweet.

Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Zafar Iqbal will take up court proceedings for compensation from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) seeking criminal action against Imran for concealing information about Toshakhana donations.

The judge had earlier rejected PTI’s plea to quash arrest warrants against Imran in the Toshakhana case.

Toshakhana reference: Islamabad court issues non-bailable arrest warrant against Imran Khan

The same court had issued an arrest warrant against the PTI leader on March 13 after he failed to appear at Toshakhana’s hearing and directed the police to produce Imran in court by March 18.

They want to arrest me, says Imran

The former prime minister earlier said in a video message that he was aware that the government would arrest him when he went to the court in Islamabad to attend Toshakhana’s hearing.

“I go to court even though I know they will arrest me because I believe in the rule of law,” he said.

LHC approves bail for Imran Khan in 9 cases

Meanwhile, on Friday, the Lahore High Court (LHC) granted Imran’s bail in 9 cases.

Of these, 8 cases are related to terrorism charges. The PTI chief appeared before the LHC to seek bail on Friday evening.

PTI leader Farrukh Habib said Imran has been granted bail till March 27 in three cases registered under terrorism provisions in Lahore.

“The payment has also been granted till March 24 in 5 cases registered under terrorism section in Islamabad,” he said.

IHC suspends arrest warrant

On Friday, the Islamabad High Court stayed the arrest warrant against Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case.

A single bench of Chief Justice Aamer Farooq heard Imran’s petition filed through Khawaja Haris Ahmed, Barrist Goher Ali Khan, Intazar Hussian Panjutha, Syed Muhammad Ali Bokhari, Naeem Haider Panjutha and others.

Toshakhana case: IHC stays Imran Khan’s arrest warrant

In his application, Khan sought interim relief by staying the arrest warrants to facilitate the petitioner’s voluntary appearance on the said date. Justice Aamer in his written order said, “The petitioner shall not be arrested on warrant provided he appears before the court on 18.03.2023 within the trial period.

The PTI chairman had filed the petition after an Islamabad court rejected his plea to stay his arrest warrant issued in the Toshakhana case.

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