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Imran Khan's arrest is deemed "illegal" by the Supreme Court, who also orders his immediate release.

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ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan’s chairmanship of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has received significant relief as the Supreme Court ruled that his arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust case was “illegal” and ordered the authorities to free him “immediately”

The apex court has sent the PTI chief to the Police Lines Guest House till tomorrow and ordered him to present himself before the Islamabad High Court (IHC), while also setting the precedence that no person will be arrested within the premises of a court.

 

When the authorities produced the PTI head before the three-member bench at roughly 5:40pm — an hour later than required — there was a short exchange of words between head Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial and Khan and then the order was made.

PTI — which has been on a rampage for the previous two days and its rallies have led to skirmishes with the police around the nation, resulting in the death of many — hailed the decision, with the government dissatisfied with the development.

On the PTI’s petition contesting Khan’s arrest, the three-member bench, presided over by CJP Bandial and made up of Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, rendered its decision.

The petition was submitted following the capital’s high court’s legalisation of his detention on May 9 (the day he was detained), notwithstanding its criticism of the police’s tactics.

 

When Khan was brought before the three-member bench, CJP Bandial greeted him with “Good to see you” and asked him to “condemn” the violent protests that broke out in response to his arrest.

‘I just want free and fair elections’

In response, the PTI leader addressed a message to his followers asking them to desist from causing damage to both public and private property through the courtroom’s media.

 

“Neither do I want to see the nation suffer nor do I want to see people become enraged. I only want free and fair elections,” the PTI chief told the court, pleading with the court that despite his responding to the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) notices, he was arrested.

 

Khan, who was the first prime minister to be removed from office by a no-confidence vote in April of last year, claimed that his mobile phone had been taken away and that he was oblivious of what was happening in Pakistan in answer to the court’s inquiry.

Then the PTI head urged the CJP to send him home, but the top judge replied he was not going to do so and told him that he would “remain at peace at the Police Lines Guest House”.

 

 

“You can stay there, talk, and rest, and then present yourself before the Islamabad High Court tomorrow,” CJP informed Khan. The CJP subsequently gave the go-ahead for Khan to see up to 10 persons, including his solicitors, friends, and family.

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