LAHORE:- An administrative judge of the Lahore High Court (LHC) denied a plea requesting permission for PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s car to enter the court premises due to security concerns on Monday.
The judgement on the suit filed by PTI leader Shibli Faraz seeking security clearance for the party chairman was announced by Justice Abid Aziz Shaikh. The plea was made in light of the threats made against the former premier, who was injured in an assassination attempt in Wazirabad last year.
The appeal comes as the PTI head is scheduled to appear before a single-bench hearing on a protective bail petition he filed in a case involving a demonstration outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Once the security clearance appeal was denied, the legal team decided to confer with Imran Khan.
Meanwhile, the high court’s security has been ramped up in preparation for the PTI chief’s appearance before the single bench. According to sources, he will be wheeled to the LHC while he recovers from his gunshot wounds.
On Thursday, a two-member panel led by Judge Baqar Najfi dismissed a similar plea after the PTI president failed to appear in court despite several opportunities. But, a solitary bench gave him another chance to play on Monday.
At the last hearing, Judge Abid Aziz Shaikh also noted a discrepancy between Imran Khan’s signatures on the affidavit and the power of attorney. Although describing the situation as severe, the court said that a contempt notice might be issued to either the petitioner or the attorney.
As Mr Khan’s attorney claimed that the PTI head owned his signatures, Judge Shaikh stated the petition should be heard in person. The hearing was subsequently postponed to February 20 by the court.