Imran Khan told the Supreme Court, ‘Undeclared martial law has been imposed in the country’

Expressing grief over the Supreme Court’s decision, the former Prime Minister asked, “I don’t understand this, what political strategy did I adopt”

A combination of photos released by PTI shows former prime minister Imran Khan appearing via video-link before the Supreme Court on May 16, 2024. -PTI/File

Islamabad: Jailed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan has complained of “harassment” he has faced since his ouster from power in April 2022 during the hearing of the NAB amendment case in the Supreme Court.

The jailed PTI founder appeared before a five-member bench of the Supreme Court through video link from Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, where he has been imprisoned since his conviction in the Toshakhana case last year.

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa and comprising Justice Aminuddin, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail, Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Hassan Azhar Rizvi heard the case.

Presenting his arguments, Khan told the bench that an undeclared “martial law” had been imposed in the country and he was convicted within five days to keep him away from contesting the general elections.

He cited the example of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying he was released on bail to campaign ahead of the Indian general elections.

Khan also expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court’s decision to reject the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s plea requesting live streaming of the case.

“you wrote [in the judgment] “During the last hearing, I took political advantage. I don’t understand, what political advantage did I take,” the PTI founder asked the CJP.

To this, the CJP said that the judge does not need to give any explanation to anyone about the decision. In response to Khan’s question, the top judge said, “You can file a review petition.”

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