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A remarkable change occurred on Thursday when the Pakistani Supreme Court ruled that Imran Khan’s arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust case was “illegal” and ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to immediately release Khan.

After the PTI petitioned the top court to question the IHC’s decision to provide legal justification for the arrest.

The court then instructed Mr. Khan to appear before the IHC on Friday, the court that had deemed Mr. Khan’s arrest “legal,” and it obligated the leader of the PTI to comply with the ruling. Although the court questioned how Mr. Khan had been taken into custody, it did not cancel the arrest warrants.

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However, the court rejected Mr. Khan’s request to return home and instead ordered him to stay at the guest house at Police Lines with ten persons of his choosing. Following this, the court instructed Mr. Khan to provide a list of individuals, including solicitors, friends, and family members.

There will be security issues at Mr. Khan’s Bani Gala mansion, according to Islamabad Police. The court then commented that you [Mr. Khan] would be given protection at the guest house.

The court further decided that no institution would detain any suspect who came to the court to turn themselves in. The court held that any law enforcement agency planning to conduct an activity in a court must request authorization from the appropriate court.

Imran informs the SC that the “Police tortured me.”

Mr. Khan said he was tortured and hit with a baton during his arrest. Even a murderer, according to him, would not be handled so pitifully. Even though I had been detained, he said, “Terrorism cases had been filed against me.” He claimed, “I had been detained as if I were a terrorist.”

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He continued by describing how a party running for office could incite nationwide violence.

He said he was sorry to learn what had transpired in the nation after his detention. I’ve always urged PTI supporters to maintain peace, he continued.

Response to Imran’s Freedom

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Mr. Khan’s ex-wife, Jemima Goldsmith, responded to his release by saying, “Finally, reason has won out.”

Maryam Nawaz, the head of the PML-N’s organizing committee, criticized CJP Bandial for releasing the PTI leader, saying that “he should join the PTI and resign from his position as chief justice of the Supreme Court.”

Police present Imran Khan at the SC under heavy security

On the instructions of CJP Bandial, the police earlier appeared Mr. Khan in court under heavy protection. Shehzad Bukhari, DIG Operations, examined the security arrangements outside the court. For the first time, Mr. Khan’s vehicle entered the SC grounds through the judges’ gate, which SC judges only use to enter the court.

To provide impenetrable security, police, FC, and Rangers were stationed outside Islamabad’s Red Zone, where the SC is located…

NAB’s move is labeled a contempt of court by CJP Bandial.

CJP Bandial had previously stated that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had violated court sanctity by arresting Imran Khan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader. In response to Imran Khan’s arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust case, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf petitioned the Supreme Court.

Noon on Thursday hearing

PTI attorney Hamid Khan informed the judge at the beginning of the session that the former premier had gone to the Islamabad High Court for biometric verification to file a petition for his pre-arrest release. He claimed that Imran Khan was detained while undergoing the biometric procedure. He added that the former premier was also handled poorly during the incident, asking, “Why he was arrested when he was going to surrender to the court.”

According to the high court’s records, Mr. Khan had filed a plea, but its hearing date hadn’t yet been scheduled, CJP Bandial noted. At this point, the attorney stated that biometric verification was required to submit the petition.

The chief judge later said that the NAB had dishonored the legal system by conducting the arrest on the high court grounds.

Justice Athar Minallah once stated that Mr. Khan shouldn’t have been detained when he was about to turn himself in. “It would have been better if the high court registrar had permitted the NAB to arrest him.”

Justice Minallah questioned the PTI attorney on his requests of the court, and Hamid Khan begged the bench to order Imran Khan’s release.

The CJP emphasized the need to treat courts with respect and recalled a time when NAB had pulled a suspect over in the parking lot of the supreme court, only to have it reversed after receiving a guarantee from the anti-graft agency that it would never again conduct an arrest there.

The chief judge listened to the arguments and ordered the government to bring the former premier before the court within an hour.

IHC Decision

Tuesday night, the IHC deemed Imran Khan’s arrest “legal.” IHC Chief Justice Amir Farooq pronounced the reserved verdict by recognizing the NAB’s viewpoint. It had previously reserved judgment on whether the arrest, which had occurred hours earlier, was valid.

Imran Khan was imprisoned by a team of Rangers on the grounds of the court where the PTI leader had appeared in two matters. The CJ acted quickly following this.

Imran Khan had previously been taken into prison by a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team with the assistance of Rangers, which caught the IHC’s attention. Imran Khan did not respond to the notices provided to him, according to the NAB, and his detention was “completely in line with the law and as per NAB ordinance.”

Retired Lt. Gen. Nazir Ahmed, the NAB chairman, signed the warrant for Imran’s arrest. It stated that Section 9(a) of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, charged the PTI head with corruption and corrupt practices.

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