Former PM Imran Khan got bail till September 1 in a terrorism case
An anti-terrorism court on Thursday approved former Prime Minister Imran Khan's application for bail till 1 September in a terrorism case.
The chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was nominated in a terrorism case by the government of the day for uttering threats against a lower court judge, Islamabad police chief, and his deputies during a rally.
It is relevant to note that Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah had clearly indicated that Imran would be arrested if ATC rejected his request for bail.
During the hearing, Imran’s lawyer, Babar Awan, argued before the court that the head of the PTI had stated that he would file cases against the Islamabad Police IG and his deputies.
“Imran Khan never said that he would kill someone,” Awan added.
Security was beefed up around the court premises. The personnel of the Frontier Corps and the Islamabad police were seen deployed with batons and wearing anti-riot equipment.
However, PTI workers were able to break the gateway to the interior.
More than 400 police personnel were deployed away from the complex, while other contingents were present inside with the FC to avoid any untoward incidents.
The police blocked the entrance using barbed wire around the judicial complex, which housed the ATC. Rangers officials as well as squads of the counter-terrorism department were also deployed.
Senior PTI officials held a meeting with the party chairman last night and confirmed that he himself would appear before the court.
Imran was accompanied by numerous workers, partisans, fans, and high-ranking party leaders.
The leader of the PTI, Senator Azam Swati, Asad Umar, former Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Fawad Chauhdry, and Ali Awan was allowed to come inside. whereas others, including Ghulam Sarwar, and Aliya Hamza Malik apart from hundreds of party activists, continue to wait outside.
Only media personnel, with the exception of lawyers and petitioners whose cases were fixed today, were admitted into the court complex after a rigorous security check.
About 800 meters from the courthouse had been cordoned off.
Imran was supposed to arrive at court at 10 o’clock earlier before being extended till 11 o’clock, said PTI officials familiar with the subject.