Pakistan’s ex-PM Khan apologizes to keep away from contempt costs

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan apologized in court docket on Thursday over his outburst towards a feminine decide throughout a rally final month that was seen as a menace to the judiciary and judges normally.

The apology, an choice envisaged beneath the Pakistani authorized system, might permit Khan to remain out of jail and keep away from contempt costs. Khan, who was ousted in a no-confidence vote in April, has been campaigning for early elections and claims he was toppled beneath a U.S. conspiracy.

The event got here simply days after Pakistani police had been ordered by a decide to drop terrorism costs towards Khan in a separate case over threats to the identical decide and in addition to police.

The authorized instances adopted a speech Khan gave within the capital, Islamabad, throughout which he vowed to convey a lawsuit towards the Islamabad police chief and a decide for permitting police to query Shahbaz Gill, chief of employees at Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf political social gathering.

Khan made the controversial remarks after being advised that Gill had allegedly been tortured by police following his arrest on costs of inciting troops to mutiny.

Through the August rally, Khan at one level directed his feedback towards Choose Zeba Chaudhry, saying: “You also get ready for it, we will also take action against you.”

Khan, a former cricket star turned politician who grew to become premier in 2018, is at the moment on bail, which shields him from arrest in a number of instances.

“I am ready to apologize … if the court thinks that I have crossed a line,” Khan mentioned as he appeared earlier than the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom on Thursday.

“I assure the court that this won’t happen again in the future,” he added.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah mentioned Khan’s gesture was appreciated however that the previous prime minister must submit his apology in writing earlier than Oct. 3, at which level Minallah would evaluation the textual content and resolve whether or not to drop the contempt case.

Khan’s lawyer, Faisal Chaudhry, who just isn’t associated to Choose Chaudhry, later advised reporters that Khan’s apology can be submitted in writing to the court docket shortly.

Dozens of Khan’s supporters had gathered exterior the court docket constructing to cheer him on and a whole bunch of police had been deployed to forestall violence and to maintain the group from pushing its manner into the court docket Thursday.

Since his ouster, Khan has alleged — with out offering proof — that Pakistan’s highly effective navy took half in an alleged U.S. plot to oust him. Washington, and the federal government of Khan’s successor, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, have denied the allegation. Sharif has additionally rejected Khan’s demand, saying elections shall be held on time subsequent yr.

In current weeks, authorities have levelled a number of instances towards Khan — together with one for defying a ban on rallies.

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