Court rejects former Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s plea to hold weekly WhatsApp calls with his children

Court rejects former Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s plea to hold weekly WhatsApp calls with his children
Court rejects former Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s plea to hold weekly WhatsApp calls with his children


A Rawalpindi court on Monday rejected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder and former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s plea for weekly WhatsApp calls with his children, ARY News reported.

In particular, Imran Khan submitted a petition and sought permission to have a conversation with his children via WhatsApp once a week.

However, the prison administration insists that there is no legal provision allowing inmates to communicate with their relatives via WhatsApp. The court had earlier said that Imran would be allowed to speak to his children twice a month, who are currently living in the UK with their mother Jemima Khan, according to ARY News.

Earlier, former Pakistan Prime Minister Adiala filed a petition before the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Rawalpindi after denying having telephonic conversations with her children from jail. In the petition, the PTI founder argued that she has been denied access to her children despite the law allowing her to do so.

The ATC, headed by Judge Malik Aizaz Asif, has sought comments from the jail administration, ARY News reported.

Meanwhile, an anti-terrorism court, a day earlier, reserved its decision on Imran Khan’s interim bail plea in cases related to the May 9, 2023 incidents, including the Jinnah House and two other cases, Pakistan-based The Express Tribune reported.

During Saturday’s hearing, Imran’s lawyer Barrister Salman Safdar argued that the PTI founder was being targeted for political reasons.

“In my entire career, I have never seen so many cases against a single person. Those who incited against the institution on the spot were not arrested,” Safdar alleged. “How can he be prosecuted while he was in custody? During the crime?” the PTI chief’s lawyer asked.

In response, the government lawyer argued that according to a Special Branch report, Imran Khan had asked his supporters to attack civilian and military installations if he was arrested. The prosecutor said, “The incidents were a result of orders to attack military installations across Pakistan. They scrambled.” After hearing arguments from both sides, the court reserved its verdict on the PTI founder’s bail plea, The Express Tribune reported.

Violent clashes broke out across Pakistan following the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan on May 9 last year. ARY News reported that protests were held in major and remote cities as party workers, agitated over Khan’s arrest, called in the armed forces to maintain law and order in Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad.

Army installations, including the house of the corps commander in Lahore, were attacked during the protests by PTI workers. Notably, the founder of PTI was named as the main accused in all the cases of the May 9 riots.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and appeared on a syndicated channel.)

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