IHC adjourns hearing on plea challenging Toshakhana jail sentence until Monday

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has once again postponed the hearing regarding the suspension of a three-year jail sentence for PTI chairman, who is presently incarcerated in Attock Jail, in connection with the Toshakhana case.

Advocate Amjad Pervaiz, representing the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), was expected to conclude his arguments today. However, due to his severe illness, as conveyed by a member of his team, Pervaiz was unable to attend.

The division bench presiding over today’s session consisted of IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri. Imran Khan’s legal team, including Khosa, Salman Akram Raja, Babar Awan, Barrister Gohar Khan, and Shoaib Shaheen, were present in court. Imran Khan’s sisters, Aleema Khan and Uzma Khan, also attended the proceedings.

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However, due to Advocate Pervaiz’s indisposition, his assistant lawyer appeared on his behalf. Consequently, the IHC has deferred the hearing to Monday, August 28.

On August 5, a trial court in Islamabad convicted the PTI chief in a case filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), relating to the non-disclosure of details regarding state gifts, resulting in a three-year imprisonment. The conviction also led to his disqualification from participating in general elections for five years.

The PTI chief subsequently appealed the conviction in the high court. He also approached the supreme court to challenge the IHC’s decision to remand the case back to the trial court judge who had initially convicted him.

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