Islamabad, Pakistan). A district court in Islamabad will reopen the trial of the Toshakana case against former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday. Law enforcement efforts to arrest Khan for failing to appear at earlier hearings have so far been unsuccessful. He Khan, 70, who is the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, appeared before the court of Additional District and Session Judge (ADSJ) Zafar Iqbal and was elected to the Electoral Commission.
The Pakistan Electoral Commission (ECP) has filed a complaint against Khan for allegedly concealing details of his gift in his asset declaration. The ‘Dawn’ newspaper reported that Khan left for Islamabad from his residence in Lahore accompanied by party members. Heavy security is in place outside the G-11 judicial complex in Islamabad, where Imran Khan is expected to arrive by afternoon. The Islamabad government imposed Article 144 in the capital on Friday night, banning private companies, security guards and other individuals from carrying weapons.
Khan suffered a fatal attack last November. At a hearing last Thursday, the court denied Imran Khan’s plea to stay a non-bailable arrest warrant issued against him. It suspended a non-bailable arrest warrant that had been issued, giving him the opportunity to appear in district court on Saturday to hear the Toshakana case.
Khan is controversial for buying gifts from Toshakana, including an expensive watch he bought at a discount, and then selling them for a profit. Established in 1974, his Toshakhana is a department under the control of the Cabinet Office. Toshakhana holds precious gifts received from Pakistani rulers, parliamentarians, bureaucrats, foreign government officials, heads of state and foreign dignitaries. Imran Khan was disqualified by the Pakistan Election Commission last October for failing to share details of the sale.
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