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Imran Khan arrest: Pakistan court freezes arrest warrants against former PM till Saturday

Khan claims he is facing charges in over 80 cases in various courts across Pakistan

Pakistan Imran Khan (File) Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is facing terrorism charges, appears in court to extend pre-arrest bail, in Islamabad in August last year | Reuters

The Islamabad High Court freezed all arrest warrants against former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for a day, allowing him to appear before the trial court in the Toshakhana case.

Dawn reported the non-bailable arrest warrants issued against Khan were suspended till March 18. The Court instructed the sessions court and capital police to provide adequate security to Imran.

Khan, the 70-year-old Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, has been resisting arrest in the Toshakhana case and was holed up inside his Zaman Park residence here surrounded by hundreds of his supporters, who have fought pitched battles with the police and Rangers over the past few days. 

Additional District and Sessions Judge in Islamabad Zafar Iqbal had re-issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Khan on February 28 and directed the capital city police to bring him to court by March 18.

When the police reached Khan's Zaman Park residence in Lahore to arrest him on Tuesday, they were met with resistance, leading to two-day pitched battles between PTI supporters and law enforcement agencies. The clashes ultimately subsided after the courts intervened on Wednesday.

According to Khan, he was facing over 80 different cases in various courts across Pakistan. 

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. 

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