“I apologize if I crossed the line,” Imran Khan told the court in Islamabad

Islamabad: In a surprise move, PTI Chairman Imran Khan finally apologized on Thursday before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) as it began hearing a contempt of court case against him for making controversial remarks about Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry during a rally in Islamabad on August 20, media reported.

Khan appeared before the court amid tight security, Geo News reported.

The court on Thursday was scheduled to frame charges against the former prime minister during the hearing. However, Khan offered an apology at the start of the hearing.

“I apologize if I crossed any line. Will not be repeated. I never intended to hurt the sentiments of the court,” Khan said, while assuring the court never to do “such an act” again, the report said.

He also asked the court to allow him to apologize in person to Justice Zeba Chaudhry.

IHC Chief Justice Attar Minala said the court did not press charges against Khan on Thursday.

“The court appreciates your statement [made] in front of the judge. You have understood the seriousness of your statement, we appreciate it,” Minala said, ordering the PTI chairman to submit a written affidavit of what Khan said in court, Geo News reported.

The court recorded his testimony and adjourned the hearing to October 3.

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