No indictment as Imran Khan agrees to apologise to female judge

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Thursday remarked that it was not going to indict the PTI Chairman Imran Khan as the former prime minister has showed his willingness to apologise to the lady judge against whom he had issued threatening remarks.

Imran Khan was facing contempt of court proceedings in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for making threatening remarks against a female judge at the party’s rally in F-9 Park of Islamabad, was due to be indicted in the case today.

A larger bench of the IHC, headed by Chief Justice (CJ) Justice Athar Minallah, which heard the case, however, said that they will not indict the PTI chairman he has agreed to apologise to the female judge.

Other judges on the bench were Justice Muhsin Akhtar Kiani, Justice Mian Gul Hassan Aurangzeb, Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri and Justice Babar Sattar.

PTI chairman himself appeared before the bench.

On the last hearing, the IHC had rejected Imran’s written reply in the case because he did not offer an unconditional apology to the court and said that he regretted his remarks; following which the court decided to indict him.        

Strict security measures have already been put in place in and around the IHC in view of former prime minister’s hearing.

Passes will be issued to a limited number of people for entry in the courtroom.

710 cops to perform security duty

An elaborate security plan was in place in connection with the hearing of contempt of court case against former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan at Islamabad High Court (IHC) today as 710 police officials and personnel, including two SPs, have already been deployed.  

According to the security order, the IHC’s surroundings will be monitored with the help of Safe City cameras while the Security Division, FC and Ranger’s personnel will perform duties inside the court.

All security personnel, barring those on the rooftop, will be unarmed.

SSP Operations Jamil Zafar has been tasked with ensuring security outside the court.

The order says that the on-duty personnel of different law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) will not be allowed to use cellphones, and that the use of wireless will only be allowed for official purposes; departmental action will be taken against the officials and personnel found violating the order. 

Barbed wires are also being laid around the IHC to ensure foolproof security, while 500 short-range and 500 long-range armoured vehicles of teargas shells will also take positions.

On the other hand, 3, 000 shells and vehicles are already ready at Police Lines.