IHC asks Imran to present himself in court

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday asked Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan to appear in court.

The order by the IHC came after the PTI chief asked the apex court to take suo motu notice of arrests of his party’s workers while speaking to the media outside Bani Gala, his residence in Islamabad.

The IHC asked that the chief present himself within 10 minutes.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, while hearing a case regarding the PTI sit in, remarked “Is only Imran Khan respectable in this country?”

During his press conference earlier, Imran Khan told the media that he had already spoken to the judge and would not go to court.

Taking issue with this statement, Justice Siddiqui asked “Why did Imran say that he would not appear before the court and that he had talked to judge?”. The judge then ordered the inspector general Islamabad to make arrangements for Imran Khan to be presented in court.

The judge also said that the PTI chief should announce a different location for his Nov 2 protest. He ordered the PTI to initiate their sit-in from democracy park and disperse from there.

“We will initiate our protest from the democracy park,” PTI lawyer Naeem Bukhari said.

“I want to ask Justice Siddiqui, that when you made a decision and passed an order permitting us to hold a peaceful protest, and said that containers will not be placed, then why are our activists in jail?” the chief had said on Saturday during a press conference.

Justice Siddiqui, responding to the Imran’s comment, asked today, “Is this a way to talk, saying ‘Justice Siddiqui see how your order is being treated’?”

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