Imran Khan faces new legal battle over comments against military officers

Imran Khan faces new legal battle over comments against military officers
Imran Khan faces new legal battle over comments against military officers
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is facing yet another legal battle as he has been booked in another case for putting the “families of army officers at risk”. The complaint was lodged by Magistrate Manzoor Ahmed at Islamabad’s Ramna Police Station on April 6, under three sections of the Pakistan Penal Code.

According to the first information report (FIR), Imran Khan used “inappropriate language” against military officers in one of his speeches. The FIR includes Section 500, which deals with defamation, Section 505, which deals with statements that may “cause or incite” a military officer to mutiny or cause fear or alarm among the public, and Section 138, which may lead to imprisonment of up to six months or a fine for abetting an officer, soldier, sailor or airman to an act of insubordination.

Since his ouster as the prime minister last year in April, Imran Khan has been embroiled in legal battles, with authorities reportedly registering over 100 cases against him across the country. However, the police have informed the Islamabad High Court that a total of 29 FIRs were registered against the PTI chief in the capital, including 28 by the police and one by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

One of the FIRs had been terminated, seven were in the investigation phase, while 20 cases were under trial in courts. Another case was registered against Imran Khan on Friday on allegations of inciting rebellion and tarnishing the reputation of officers. The case has been filed in the Ramna police station on the government’s complaint.

The FIR states that Imran Khan had hurled accusations against officers of state institutions and tried to defame them by taking the names of some of them. Meanwhile, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has summoned Imran Khan and other PTI leaders for the third time for investigation into cases against the PTI leaders in Punjab.

Asad Umar is the only PTI leader to have recorded his statement before the JIT. Apart from Imran Khan, the PTI leaders who have been summoned by the JIT for the third time are Fawad Chaudhry, Hammad Azhar, Ejaz Chaudhary, Musarrat Jamshed Cheema, Farrukh Habib, Mian Mehmoodul Rashid, Mian Aslam Iqbal, and Dr Yasmin Rashid.

These legal battles are not new for Imran Khan, who has faced several allegations of corruption and misuse of power during his tenure as the prime minister. However, the PTI chairman has denied all allegations and claims that they are politically motivated.

The ongoing legal battles have not only affected Imran Khan’s political career but also have implications for the PTI’s future. The opposition parties have been critical of the government’s approach towards Imran Khan, with some accusing it of using state institutions to silence the opposition.

In conclusion, Imran Khan’s latest legal battle is another blow to his political career, which has already been marred by corruption allegations and controversy. The ongoing legal battles not only affect Imran Khan but also have implications for the PTI’s future and the country’s political landscape.

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