ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan appeared before the Islamabad High Court on Thursday and expressed his willingness to apologize for his controversial remarks against a woman judge. After Khan expressed a desire to apologize to Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chowdhury for his controversial remarks, the Islamabad High Court adjourned the contempt proceedings against him.
The court could have officially indicted 69-year-old Khan in contempt proceedings for making controversial remarks against the woman judge. During a rally in the capital on August 20, Khan had threatened to register a case against top police officials, the Election Commission, and political opponents for his misbehavior with his colleague Shahbaz Gill. Gill was arrested on charges of sedition. He objected to Judge Zeba Choudhary's decision in which he had accepted the police's request to send Gill to two days' custody and said he should be prepared as the action would be taken against him too.
Hours after the speech, Khan was booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act for threatening the police, judiciary, and other institutions of the state at his rally. Justice Amir Farooq had decided to initiate contempt proceedings against Khan while hearing a plea challenging Gill's police remand. The High Court had given Khan twice an opportunity to give a written reply to satisfy the court, but he failed to satisfy the court. Thereafter, the High Court announced his indictment.