| 16 April 2024, Tuesday |

Former Pakistan PM Khan apologises in contempt of court case – lawyer

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan apologized in court on Thursday, according to his defense lawyer.

According to the lawyer, Faisal Chaudhry, the court has postponed the pending indictment and ordered Khan to offer an unconditional apology in writing by Oct. 3.

The charges are related to a speech by Khan in which he allegedly threatened police and judicial officers after one of his close aides was denied bail in a sedition case.

“The court has appreciated the gesture,” Chaudhry told Reuters, adding such cases would mostly be dropped after the apology.

“We will prepare and submit in writing an unconditional apology as sought by the court,” he said.

The high court was due to indict Khan, a move that could lead to his exclusion from politics if convicted.

A convicted politician is liable to be disqualified for at least five years under Pakistani laws.

  • Reuters