Pakistan court suspends arrest warrant against Imran Khan

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Teargas canisters placed on Imran Khan's table during his speech, which he claims were fired by the police into his home.

The Islamabad High Court has suspended the arrest warrant issued by a lower court in the capital against former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan in a corruption case and ordered him to appear before the court.

On Thursday, the sessions court in Islamabad rejected Khan’s petition to suspend the warrant, prompting his lawyers to approach the high court on Friday.

The warrant relates to his non-appearance in an Islamabad court to answer a case brought by the Election Commission of Pakistan accusing him of not declaring gifts received during his time as premier, or the profit made from selling them.

Meanwhile, the situation at Khan’s Zaman Park residence is seemingly calm following the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) orders of stopping the police operation till 10 am on Thursday.

Earlier, PTI workers and police clashed for nearly 24 hours as Zaman Park virtually had became a battleground, with the law enforcers trying to get through supporters and arrest Khan, who was voted out as the prime minister last April.

Scores of people, including police personnel and PTI workers were injured in the process as the law enforcers fired teargas and party supporters resorted to throwing Molotov cocktails.

Legal proceedings against Khan began after he was ousted from office in a parliamentary vote early last year.

Since then, he has held nationwide protest rallies demanding a snap election, during one of which he was shot and wounded.

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