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Pakistan SC order: Former PM Imran Khan released, says ‘I was beaten with sticks during his arrest’

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ordered the immediate release of the former PM of Pakistan, Imran Khan. He told the court that he was beaten with sticks during his arrest. He was kidnapped from the High Court. Imran can be released soon on the orders of the Supreme Court. In the afternoon, the apex […]

Edited By : Yashashvi Tak | Updated: May 11, 2023 19:32 IST
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ordered the immediate release of the former PM of Pakistan, Imran Khan. He told the court that he was beaten with sticks during his arrest. He was kidnapped from the High Court. Imran can be released soon on the orders of the Supreme Court.

In the afternoon, the apex court ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to produce Imran immediately, declaring his arrest illegal. The hearing took place in room number one with the door closed.

The Supreme Court had ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to produce Imran Khan in court within an hour. The court says the agency illegally entered the campus and arrested Imran without permission from the registrar.

The court said that it is time to set an example for the future. Will not allow Pakistan to become a jail. The remarks were made by a three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, and Justice Athar Minallah. The court is hearing a plea against the arrest of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman in the Al-Qadir Trust case.

 

During the hearing, the court expressed displeasure over the arrest of 70-year-old Imran Khan from the Islamabad High Court premises. The court said that if 90 people enter the premises, then what is the dignity of the court? How can a person be arrested on court premises? In the past, action has been taken against lawyers for vandalism inside the court. If a person has surrendered in court, what is the point of arresting them?

The top judge said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had committed contempt of court. He should have obtained permission from the registrar of the court before arrest. Court staff were also abused. The bench directed NAB to produce Khan by 4.30 p.m. local time.

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First published on: May 11, 2023 04:00 PM IST

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