Pakistan: High court orders removal of terrorism charges against Khan

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“A court in Pakistan has ordered that ‘terrorism’ charges against former Prime Minister Imran Khan for his remarks against a female judge and senior police officials be dropped. The Islamabad High Court on Monday said Khan’s comments did not attract charges under Pakistan’s harsh ‘Anti-Terrorism’ Act, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and even capital punishment. Khan, 69, was charged with ‘terrorism’ for remarks made at a public rally in Islamabad on August 20 against police officials and a female judge who had ordered the arrest of one of his top aides, Shahbaz Gill. In his speech, the head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, had allegedly threatened ‘action’ by taking legal recourse against top Islamabad police officials and Judge Zeba Chaudhry, who had approved Gill’s two-day detention.” (09/19/22)