The Supreme Court (SC) has summoned Imran Khan, the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), in a personal capacity on July 24th, regarding the murder case of senior lawyer Abdul Razzaq Shar in Quetta.
Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister, is facing multiple legal cases and had approached the apex court to challenge his nomination in the case related to Shar’s shooting in Quetta on June 6.
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Abdul Razzaq Shar was murdered by unknown individuals riding motorcycles while he was on his way to the Balochistan High Court (BHC).
An FIR was registered against Khan and others based on a complaint filed by the slain lawyer’s son, advocate Siraj Ahmed, in Quetta. The charges against Khan included murder and violation of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) among other provisions.
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During the hearing, Justice Afridi remarked that Khan must surrender before the court to seek relief. The court instructed Khan’s lawyer to inform him to appear personally.
Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi inquired if Khan could appear that day, and Khan’s lawyer, Latif Khosa, informed the court that Khan would appear in an hour.
The court decided that it would be preferable for the government’s lawyer to submit their reply first.
The lawyers representing the complainants argued that the case concerned Imran Khan’s appearance before the joint investigation team (JIT) in relation to the murder case.
Subsequently, the court adjourned the hearing until July 24th, ordering Imran Khan to appear at 10:30 am.
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Khan had filed a plea in the SC to have the FIR against him quashed, and he also sought bail in the murder case of Abdul Razzak. Additionally, he requested to overturn the Balochistan High Court’s decision to reject a similar petition.