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Should public figures be held to a higher standard of conduct?

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Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has had his request for exemption from personal appearance in a case against him rejected by a local court. The case was registered after Khan used threatening language against a female judge. Non-bailable arrest warrants were issued for Khan due to his absence from the hearing. His legal counsel argued that he faced life threats and that the Islamabad High Court had issued a notice to the federal government regarding the withdrawal of his security protocol. However, the court rejected the exemption plea and directed the police to produce Khan on the next date of the hearing. The legal team of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has challenged the non-bailable warrants issued against Khan.

This is not the first time Khan has sought exemption from appearing in court for this case. The judicial magistrate noted that despite the conversion of non-bailable warrants into bailable, Khan did not appear before the court. The magistrate also stated that Khan’s persistent absence showed he was unwilling to face trial proceedings. The hearing has been adjourned until April 18.

The case against Khan raises questions about the accountability of public figures and the legal system’s ability to hold them responsible for their actions. Should politicians be held to a higher standard of conduct than the general public? What steps can be taken to ensure that public figures are held accountable for their actions, regardless of their status or influence? These are important questions that need to be addressed to strengthen the rule of law and ensure justice for all.

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