The Supreme Court of Pakistan declared the arrest of Imran Khan, the chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and former prime minister, as “illegal” in the Al-Qadir Trust case on Thursday.
The court also ordered his immediate release and directed him to approach the Islamabad High Court (IHC) once again. Khan was presented in the apex court in a convoy of 15 vehicles under strict security.
However, he was produced more than an hour later than the directed time of 4:30 pm. During the hearing, Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial remarked that every politician has the responsibility to ensure law and order.
The CJP also directed the IHC to hear the case the following day and stated that the PTI chief must accept the decision of the high court.The directives for Khan’s presence in the court were issued after the CJP termed the PTI leader’s arrest from the premises of IHC as a disgrace to the country’s judicial establishment.
The hearing was held in response to PTI’s petition challenging Khan’s arrest.