ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court turned down on Wednesday a petition filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman seeking an immediate order to halt his trial in the Toshakhana case, saying it would take up the case after the high court’s decision.
A three-member bench, headed by Justice Yahya Afridi and comprising Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Musarrat Hilali, issued the ruling on his appeal filed against the Islamabad High Court's order rejecting a stay order in the case.
Justice Yahya directed the former premier to wait for the decision of the IHC, adding that he was surprised over the PTI chief’s petition as it was filed despite the previous order of the apex court.
When Khan’s lawyer Khawaja Harris said the case would be taken up by the high court tomorrow (Thursday), Justice Yahya remarked that the IHC might issue the verdict being desired by the PTI chief.
Later, the bench issued a notice to the Election Commission of Pakistan and adjourned the hearing till August 4.
Last year, a reference was filed against Imran Khan by lawmakers of the PDM government accusing him of not sharing the details of gifts he retained from Toshakhana in his assets declarations.
The ECP had concluded the case in October last year that the PTI chief filed false statements regarding the gifts.
The electoral watchdog subsequently disqualified Imran Khan for being dishonest and submitted a petition with the sessions court seeking criminal proceedings against the PTI chief.
Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.
Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.
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