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Imran Khan’s Expected Supreme Court Appearance

Imran Khan’s Expected Supreme Court Appearance

Imran Khan was scheduled to address the Supreme Court today, in a case that could significantly impact the handling of white-collar financial crime in Pakistan. The case involves Mr. Khan as the complainant, challenging the previous PDM government’s decision to limit the powers of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Background of the Case

The Supreme Court is hearing a petition filed by Imran Khan in 2022, contesting amendments made to the National Accountability Ordinance by the PDM government. These amendments significantly reduced the authority of NAB, providing relief to several high-profile politicians, including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and President Asif Ali Zardari. Mr. Khan’s petition argues that the government exploited its parliamentary position to pass legislation favoring its leaders.

Imran Khan’s Anticipated Public Appearance

This case was particularly significant for Imran Khan, as it marked his first public appearance in over eight months. He was expected to speak via video link during the hearing. However, despite the anticipation, the hearing concluded without Mr. Khan being given the opportunity to speak. Unlike previous sessions since Justice Qazi Faez Isa became Chief Justice, this hearing was not live-streamed. Furthermore, the court adjourned the proceedings without Mr. Khan’s participation.

Legal Implications and Current Status

The implications of this case are substantial for the future of white-collar crime prosecution in Pakistan. The limitations placed on NAB have sparked controversy and debate regarding the accountability of political leaders. The specifics of the amendments and how they restrict NAB’s powers remain critical points of discussion.


Imran Khan’s inability to speak today leaves several questions unanswered. As the case progresses, it remains to be seen whether he will get his day in court and what the eventual outcome will be for both him and the broader issue of financial crime accountability in Pakistan.

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