Imran Khan urges SC to throw out contempt case against him
Submits detailed reply to apex court in the case: Rejects intelligence agencies' reports: Says violation of May 25 order was not deliberate: Apologises for step taken unknowingly
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Wednesday submitted a reply to the Supreme Court in the contempt of court case against him, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Imran Khan's lawyer Salman Akram Raja submitted the detailed 23-page reply to the apex court.
Imran Khan, in his reply, pleaded with the court to end the contempt proceedings against him. He maintained that he had not deliberately violated any order of the Supreme Court.
The PTI chairman also termed the reports of the security agencies wrong. “The information given to the court regarding the long march of May 25 are against the facts,” he asserted.
“The government got the reports of its choice prepared from the agencies,” he alleged.
Imran Khan admitted that the May 25 order of the Supreme Court restricting PTI’s earlier long march from entering Islamabad’s D-Chowk, was "not knowingly violated".
In his reply submitted through Salman Akram Raja advocate the PTI chief stated that he assures the court that he was not informed about the court order on the evening of May 25th. “In its order, the court also asked lawyer Babar Awan to meet with me. Despite the court order, the administration did not facilitate the meeting,” Imran explained in his reply.
The PTI chief added that at 6:45 pm on May 25 the video message given to the workers was released on the information of the political workers.
Imran also said during the protest, it was impossible to contact his lawyer by phone because of jammers and said that he apologises for the step taken unknowingly.
“In any case, the written order of 25 May, 2022 does not specifically mention D-Chowk", implies Imran’s response.
The reply also stated that the acts of violence that occurred during the evening of 25 May, 2022 in various parts of the federal capital were the consequence of continued state brutality. “No act of violence was either intended or encouraged by the PTI,” it maintained.
"Individuals facing violence by the state, including tear gas shelling, reacted on their own in self-defence and in order to mitigate the damage caused by teargas," the PTI chief outrightly defended party workers in his reply.
A five-member larger bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, had continued hearing a contempt petition against the former premier.
May 25 order
The apex court had issued clear instructions to the former ruling party to hold its Azadi March protest near Peshawar Morr between the H-9 and G-9 areas of Islamabad. However, Imran Khan and his protesters had made their way toward D-Chowk, prompting the government to call in the Army for the security of the federal capital’s Red Zone.
Reporter: Amanat Gishkori