Islamabad Police reviews security arrangements ahead of Imran’s appearance
Islamabad Police reviewed security arrangements with Shibli Faraz Police will seal court...
ISLAMABAD: The hearing of PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s Toshakhana case has been shifted to the Judicial Complex from the district and session court.
The Islamabad High Court suspended the arrest warrant and asked him to appear before the lower court in connection with the case. Imran Khan will depart from his residence in Zaman Park, Lahore for Islamabad at 8 AM along with PTI leaders and workers.
Islamabad Chief Commissioner’s Office issued a notification to transfer the court amid security reservations. Imran Khan will appear in Court No. 1 a the Ground Floor of the Judicial Complex in Sector G-11/4 instead of the district and sessions court in Sector F-8.
Session Court Judge Zafar Iqbal had rejected the request to transfer the court hearing but the chief commissioner used his discretionary powers.
Furthermore, authorities have made strict security arrangements ahead of Imran Khan’s appearance. Police will only allow the PTI chief and his lawyers inside the court premises.
Police have placed containers and imposed Section 144 in the federal capital banning public gatherings. Private companies, security guards, and individuals are prohibited from carrying weapons. Citizens have been advised to carry NICs, proof of vehicle ownership and cooperate with the police during checking.
Police released the traffic plan and said citizens should avoid unnecessary movement towards G-10 and G-11. Citizens have been advised to immediately report any suspicious activity.
The PTI has raised concerns over the security arranged at the F-8 court. It said there has already been a suicide bombing at the court’s premises and the venue was not secure. The party even filed an application to shift the case hearing to the Judicial Complex.
Ahead of Imran’s appearance, PTI leader Senator Shibli Faraz met with Inspector General Islamabad, RPO Rawalpindi, and DIG Security to review security arrangements. Police officials said that Security measures are being taken as per the orders of the high court.
Shibli Faraz demanded that the F-8 court be shifted to the Judicial Complex exclusively for the hearing. IG Islamabad said he will request relevant authorities to consider the proposal.
It was decided to appoint a Chief Security Officer for the security of Imran Khan. The Chief Security Officer Shibli will contact Imran Khan’s team in Lahore through Shibli Faraz. He is likely to visit Lahore so that more security-related details can be decided.
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