Pakistan: Police barge into Imran Khan's home hours after he leaves for Court

Khan to appear in Court today relating to Toshakhana case
Pakistan: Police barge into Imran Khan's home hours after he leaves for Court
Pakistan: Police barge into Imran Khan's home hours after he leaves for Court

ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ ITDC NEWS : Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan will appear in a local court here on Saturday in a corruption case against him, amidst a stand-off between his supporters and security forces who have tried to arrest him for skipping multiple previous hearings.

Khan, the 70-year-old chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, is scheduled to appear before the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Zafar Iqbal to attend proceedings on the complaint filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for allegedly concealing details of gifts in his assets declarations.

Accompanied by a convoy of his party workers, the PTI chief has departed from his residence in Zaman Park, Lahore, and is en route to Islamabad, the Dawn newspaper reported.

Khan said he was aware that the government would arrest him as he headed to the Islamabad court to attend the Toshakhana case hearing amid protracted efforts from law enforcers to apprehend him for missing previous hearings.

I am going to court despite knowing they'll arrest me because I believe in the rule of law, he said in a video message posted on Twitter.

Stringent security measures have been implemented outside the judicial complex in Islamabad's G-11, where Khan is expected to arrive by noon.

A large contingent of police has been deployed to the area to provide security for Khan, who survived an assassination attempt in November last year.

Meanwhile, reports from Lahore said that police have taken control of Khan's residence at Zaman Park after evicting hundreds of PTI supporters.

In the last hearing on Thursday, the court rejected Imran's plea seeking the suspension of non-bailable arrest warrants issued for him.

However, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday suspended non-bailable arrest warrants issued for Imran, providing him with a chance to appear before the trial court on Saturday.

During Friday's hearing, Imran's lawyer Khawaja Haris submitted an undertaking by his client, assuring it that the PTI chief would appear in court on March 18.

Khan has been in the crosshairs for buying gifts, including an expensive Graff wristwatch he had received as the premier at a discounted price from the state depository called Toshakhana and selling them for profit.

Established in 1974, the Toshakhana is a department under the administrative control of the Cabinet Division and stores precious gifts given to rulers, parliamentarians, bureaucrats, and officials by heads of other governments and states and foreign dignitaries.

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