Imran Granted Bail In Terrorism Against Section 144 Cases

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Imran Khan was given pre-arrest interim bail in the violence and Section 144 cases filed for him on Thursday.

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader was arrested in a violent extremism case on Aug 20 for making outrageous comments about a female judge at a political rally in ISLAMABAD, while a completely separate first information report (FIR) was filed involving him on charges of breaching Section 144 (forbid on public gatherings of much more than four people) by wanting to hold the large rally.

Mr. Khan was given pre-arrest temporary bail by the Islamabad Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in the particular instance of threatening a woman extra district and meetings judge (AD&SJ) and senior police officials.

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani of the Islamabad High Court gave him 3 days of preventative bail earlier this week, which expired on Thursday.

Mr. Khan showed up in the ATC with his team of lawyers, along with former ministers Pervaiz Khattak & Asad Umar, as well as local officials Ali Nawaz Awan, Amir Kayani, Raja Khurram Nawaz, & Senator Faisal Javed.

Furthermore, PTI activists were prevalent both within and outside the Federal Judicial Complex, which housed the ATC. A few of them attempted to enter the courtroom, but were stopped, and also the doors were locked. Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani of the Islamabad High Court gave him 3 days of defensive bail previously this week, which also expired on Thursday.

Furthermore, on August 20, AD&SJ Tahir Abbas Sipra gave Mr. Khan interim bail in another case filed against him for organizing a rally in breach of Section 144 of the CrPC.

His legal representatives asserted that the FIR enclosed bailable segments of the PPC as well as demanded that the application be granted.

The court awarded Mr. Khan intervening period bail until September 7, called up the police, and delayed further proceedings until then.

'Comic relief'

Khan slammed the government after the litigation at the Federal Judicial Complex for filing the case of violent extremism against him, stating that Pakistan had evolved into a "laughing stock" around the globe because of extensive media attention to the instances against him in the world press.

He claimed that his head of staff, Shahbaz Gill, had already been brutalized and sexually assaulted, and also that "I was tried to book in a terror case because I said I will file a lawsuit against by the police chiefs engaged in addition to the judiciary who had sent Gill into police detention despite brutality being proved in court."

When this media coverage spread around the world, it leaves the impression that Pakistan has been a "banana republic."

Imran Khan said that "Whoever makes the decisions, and choices, they should consider the country first."

The PTI chief continued by stating that in these cases, the government was attempting to detain the leader of the "largest party." "They are terrified of the PTI's power." "There have never been such massive gatherings in Pakistani history," he claimed.