The court’s written order highlighted the impossibility of the accused’s in-person attendance.
In a significant development, the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, has been summoned by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) to appear via video link on January 9 regarding cases related to the GHQ Gate attack and the Waris Khan arson. Presided over by Judge Malik Ijaz Asif, the court is ensuring a secure and efficient hearing process by instructing the jail superintendent to facilitate the video link arrangement.
The court’s decision to summon Imran Khan remotely comes amid concerns for the accused’s security, preventing his physical appearance in court. The written order explicitly highlighted the impossibility of in-person attendance due to these security considerations. Additionally, the order outlined that if deemed necessary by the investigating officer, the accused could be arrested during the scheduled video appearance.
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The cases in question stem from incidents that occurred in November, with several charges registered against Imran Khan, as confirmed by the Regional Police Officer (RPO) of Rawalpindi. While the specifics of the potential arrest were not explicitly disclosed, it is evident that the summoning through video link and the prospect of arrest underscore the seriousness with which these cases are being handled within the ambit of the Anti-Terrorism Court.
This development marks a crucial moment in the legal proceedings surrounding the GHQ Gate attack and the Waris Khan arson cases, emphasizing the commitment to a fair and secure trial, even in the face of security challenges. As the nation awaits the virtual appearance of Imran Khan before the ATC, the proceedings will undoubtedly shed light on the intricate details of these cases and the pursuit of justice.
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