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Pakistani court defers indictment of former PM Khan in contempt charges

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Pakistani court defers indictment of former PM Khan in contempt charges

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan apologises in court over his remarks against a female judge during a rally last month that was seen as a threat to the judiciary and judges. On September 8, the court announced that the former premier would be indicted for contempt of court on September 22. (Reuters) A Pakistani court has deferred contempt of court proceedings against former prime minister Imran Khan after he expressed his willingness to apologise for his remarks about a judge.

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Khan, who appeared before a five-member Islamabad High Court bench headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah on Thursday, said during the proceedings that he is willing to apologise to Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry and assure her that he never intended to threaten or insult her.

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Following the announcement, the court stated that Khan's indictment for contempt of court had been postponed. 

The former prime minister was instructed to submit an affidavit, and the matter was deferred until next week

The court had initiated contempt proceedings against Khan following his speech at a public rally in Islamabad last month. 

He was accused of threatening police officials and a woman judge who extended the physical remand of Shahbaz Gill, his chief of staff arrested over treason charges

Khan's party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) claimed that Gill was tortured in police custody, which the authorities denied. Last week, Islamabad High Court released Gill on bail

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Charges against Khan

Earlier in his written reply to the court, Khan regretted his remarks in which he said he would initiate action against the officials, but did not tender an unconditional apology

On September 8, the court announced that the former premier would be indicted for contempt of court on September 22

The government also filed a terrorism case against Khan in the same case, but on Monday, the Islamabad High Court ordered the police to drop the terrorism charges against him

Since his ouster from power in a parliament no-confidence vote in April, Khan has staged a series of anti-government rallies and has called for early elections, which are otherwise scheduled for mid-2023. 

He is also charged with terrorism for his speech against state officials

READ MORE: Pakistan court orders police to drop terror charges against Imran Khan

Source: AA