ISLAMABAD – In response to a recent tweet by Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning and Development, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a news release on Monday, clarifying that it did not provide conveyance for the appearance of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan before the court. The court emphasized that it was the Islamabad police who had arranged a vehicle for Imran Khan, in compliance with the court’s direction.
The news release referred to Mr. Iqbal’s tweet dated May 20, 2023, wherein he alleged that the Supreme Court had provided an official Mercedes Staff car for Imran Khan’s transportation to the court on Thursday, May 11, 2023. However, the Supreme Court clarified that on May 11, 2023, the court had ordered Imran Khan’s appearance at 4:30 pm and it was the Islamabad police who reported that the appearance was delayed until approximately 6:15 pm in order to ensure his safe transportation to the court.
The news release explicitly stated, “It is hereby clarified that the Supreme Court does not provide conveyance for the appearance of any person before the court. In the instant case, the Islamabad police had arranged the vehicle for transporting Mr. Imran Khan in compliance of the court’s direction.”
This clarification by the Supreme Court aims to address any misconceptions and provide accurate information regarding the transportation arrangements for Imran Khan’s appearance. The court reiterates its impartiality and adherence to due process in all legal proceedings, treating all individuals equally before the law.
The Supreme Court’s clarification puts to rest the notion that it had provided special conveyance to Imran Khan, affirming that the responsibility for arranging transportation fell within the purview of the Islamabad police, ensuring compliance with the court’s directive.