Lawyers permitted to enter police lines ahead of Imran’s hearing

ISLAMABAD, May 10 : Ahead of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan’s appearance in two cases a day after his arrest, three lawyers have been permitted to enter the location where the hearing is scheduled to be held shortly.

The former prime minister was arrested by the Rangers paramilitary force at the IHC on Tuesday, in a dramatic move.

Despite protests erupting across the country condemning the arrest, the government has backed the developmen maintaining it was in accordance with law.

Meanwhile, the  Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday declared that Imran Khan’s arrest from the court’s premises was carried out legally.

He was arrested by Rangers officials yesterday in the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) Al-Qadir Trust case, which has been deemed legal by the IHC. Written orders have been issued by the IHC in this regard.

Furthermore, the high court has also extended interim bail to Imran till May 16 in Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha attack case and a case over his remarks against state institutions.

As per law, the PTI chairman is to appear before an anti-graft court today for a crucial hearing over the anti-graft case.

Imran was also scheduled to appear before a local court in the federal capital set to indict the former prime minister on May 10 in the Toshakhana case, filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Amid strict security measures today, three of Imran’s lawyers, namely, Khawaja Haris, Ali Bukhari and Barrister Gohar were allowed to enter the police lines headquarters.

Notably, the PTI had provided a list of 20 lawyers, only three of which have been permitted to enter the premises.

Meanwhile, the PTI leadership has been blocked from reaching the venue of the hearing.

These include senior party leaders like Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, and Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Muhammad Khalid Khurshid Khan.

Several PTI leaders, including Ali Nawaz Awan, have been stopped at the Kashmir highway and only authorized persons are being permitted to enter police lines.

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