Imran Khan to go to Lahore court seeking halt of an arrest warrant

  • Imran Khan, the current Prime Minister of Pakistan and former cricketer has recently sought a halt to the arrest warrant issued against him by a court in Lahore. The warrant was issued in connection with a case related to his alleged role in inciting violence during a 2014 anti-government protest.
  • Khan had filed a petition in the Lahore High Court, seeking a stay on the arrest warrant and an exemption from personal appearance in the case. He had argued that the case was politically motivated and aimed at victimizing him and his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
  • The court had initially dismissed Khan’s petition but later granted him interim bail until April 12. The court also issued notices to the Punjab government and the complainant in the case, seeking their response to Khan’s petition.
  • Khan’s legal troubles stem from his participation in a protest rally in Lahore in 2014, which was organized by his party to demand the resignation of then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The protest turned violent, and several people were killed and injured in clashes with the police.
  • The case against Khan was filed by a local lawyer, who accused him and other PTI leaders of inciting violence and causing damage to public property during the protest. The court had earlier declared Khan a proclaimed offender in the case and ordered his arrest.
  • Khan has denied the charges and accused the government of using the case to harass and intimidate him. He has also criticized the judiciary for what he sees as its biased treatment of opposition leaders and politicians.
  • The Lahore High Court is expected to hear Khan’s petition in April, and it remains to be seen how the case will unfold.

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