PTI moves IHC to avoid chief’s arrest in other cases
By News Desk
August 29, 2023 02:17 PM
Legal team of PTI chief and former prime minister Imran Khan has filed a new petition in the Islamabad High Court seeking order to bar authorities from arresting ex-premier in any case filed against him after August 5, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Through the petition filed on Tuesday, the court was prayed to issue directives to bar authorities from further “illegal and unjustified arrest” of the PTI chief in any case filed against him after August 5, when he was convicted in the Toshakhana case.
The plea mentions the cipher case, being investigated by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on August 15, as one of the FIRs under which the PTI chief is seeking protection from arrest. An FIA team had last week grilled Imran Khan in the cipher case, which invokes the Official Secrets Act, for over an hour at the Attock Jail.
Filed through Barrister Salman Safdar, the petition named the state as a respondent and alleged that the cipher case had been filed against Imran Khan “with malafide intentions” and termed it of “bogus nature”.
The plea stated that the “only remedy available to avoid unjustified, illegal and straightaway arrest” was by invoking Article 10 (safeguards as to arrest and detention) of the Constitution for the “protection of his fundamental rights and safeguards”.