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LHC reserves verdict on Imran’s plea against arrest

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday reserved verdict on Imran Khan’s plea against his arrest in any case registered on or after May 9 when he was arrested on the Islamabad High Court premises in the Al-Qadir Trust case.

At the outset of the hearing, Justice Safdar Saleem Shahid inquired about the PTI chief’s whereabouts. His lawyer, Barrister Salman Safdar, submitted that his client did not have protective bail. He said it was feared that the Punjab government would arrest him as he was named in several cases registered on the “directions” of the Punjab government.

Barrister Salman said the Punjab government was targeting political opponents. He informed the court that if the court desired, Imran could be presented after 11am.

However, the state lawyer opposed and said Imran’s plea was inadmissible. The PTI chief was seeking protective bail without appearing before the court, he added.

Barrister Salman responded by saying that his client was not seeking protective bail and asked for the case to be sent to a larger bench. The court subsequently reserved its verdict.