The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered the “immediate release” of PTI Chairman Imran Khan after terming his arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust case unlawful.
The top court also directed the former prime minister to approach the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
The directives were issued by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial as the court resumed hearing the former prime minister’s plea against his arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust case.
Earlier in the day, a three-member SC bench including the CJP, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Athar Minallah directed the National Accountability Bureau to present Imran before the court.
“The court will issue an appropriate order today,” the CJP said during the hearing, adding that the court was “very serious” about the matter.
Subsequently, Imran was presented in court amid tight security a little after 5:45pm. A Dawn.com correspondent present at the court said that the former prime minister was taken inside the SC via the judges’ gate.
Ahead of Imran’s arrival, security was tightened outside the apex court, with contingents of the Rangers and police, and bomb disposal squads called in. Only lawyers and journalists already present in courtroom number 1 — where the hearings is being held — are allowed inside the room.
The media also reported that the Islamabad DIG (security) has reached the court to review the security situation.
Meanwhile, the PTI asked its supporters to stay away from the top court.
BDST: 1921 HRS, MAY 11, 2023