Former PM Imran Khan files new petition in High Court
On Thursday, the former Prime Minister and current PTI Chairman, Imran Khan, took a stance against the annulment of his bails by the anti-terrorism courts (ATCs) by presenting a challenge before the Lahore High Court (LHC), as reported by 24NewsHD TV channel.
In light of this development, the PTI chairman initiated legal action by submitting seven distinct petitions, each pertaining to separate cases. Within these petitions, Imran Khan named the ATC judge, along with the respondents being the Gulberg police station and the Sarwar Road police station.
However, the court deferred the hearing of these applications to a later date, specifically September 4th, thereby declining to entertain them on the present occasion.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) was the forum where Sher Afzal Marwat, the legal representative of the former Prime Minister, and PTI Chairman Imran Khan, presented his argument. Marwat contended that cases falling under the purview of the Official Secrets Act should rightfully be addressed by a magistrate's court rather than an anti-terrorism court, and he highlighted this during the hearing.
Furthermore, during the proceedings concerning the cipher case being conducted within Attock Jail, Marwat requested the court to issue a corresponding notice.
In his interaction with the Chief Justice (CJ) of the IHC, Aamer Farooq, Marwat underscored that two primary objections had been raised against his client's petition. He elucidated that one of these objections centered around the multiplicity of requests made within a single application, raising complexities around legal procedure.
Overall, Imran Khan's challenge against the cancellation of his bails and the ensuing legal actions have brought to light significant debates surrounding the jurisdiction of courts in cases related to national security, ultimately prompting discussions on the appropriate judicial forums for handling such matters. The hearings scheduled for September 4th are anticipated to shed further light on these issues.