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Imran Khan to Explain Speech as Pakistan Court Mulls Contempt

  • Khan asked to resubmit a ‘thoughful’ response to the court
  • Legal woes linked to a speech Khan made earlier this month
Imran Khan, center, arrives to appear before the an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on Aug. 25.

Imran Khan, center, arrives to appear before the an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on Aug. 25.

Photographer: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images

A court in Pakistan told former Prime Minister Imran Khan to explain in writing his angry comments against a female judge who had denied bail to Khan’s close aide, as it continues to mull initiating contempt proceedings against him.

A five-judge panel headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah Wednesday directed the former leader to submit a response within a week explaining why he shouldn’t be charged for contempt of court, Khan’s associate Rauf Hasan said over the phone.