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IHC bars authorities from arresting Imran Khan till May 17

ISLAMABAD: A single bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) banned authorities on Friday from arresting former Prime Minister Imran Khan in any new case filed against him after May 9.

Single IHC bench Mian Gul Hassan heard Imran Khan’s appeal and ordered that he not be arrested in any new case until May 17. The single bench also instructs authorities to provide Imran Khan with impenetrable security.

Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted former Prime Minister Imran Khan protective bail in the Al-Qadir Trust case, a day after the Supreme Court determined his imprisonment was “illegal.”

A two-member special division bench presided over by Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Saman Imtiaz approved Imran Khan’s bail in the Al-Qadir case for two weeks.

The IHC also served notice on the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and instructed the anti-corruption body to respond at the next hearing.

Today’s Hearing

As the hearing continued today, Imran’s advocate Haris argued in court that the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) move against the former Prime Minister was unlawful.

“PTI learned through the media that the inquiry had been converted into an investigation,” Haris said, adding that the goal of the inquiry’s conversion into an investigation was to “arrest Imran immediately.”

Haris also informed the court that a notice was sent to him on March 2 to which he answered,” he said, adding that in his response, he informed NAB that the notice was not sent in accordance with the NAB Ordinance.

Following the conclusion of the arguments, the IHC granted Imran’s bail request for two weeks and asked the NAB prosecutor general and Imran’s counsel to be prepared for the next hearing.

Imran Khan is afraid of being arrested again.

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan suggested on Friday that he may be imprisoned again. While speaking to reporters outside the Islamabad High Court (IHC), Naeem Haider Panjhota stated that Imran Khan has once again voiced his concern regarding his arrest.

Panjhota stated that neither counsel is permitted to enter the courtroom and that calling an extra force of police indicated that they intend to arrest me.

Later, during an informal discussion at the Islamabad High Court, Khan stated that there was no reason to arrest him because he was in court for bail. “I was abducted from the court.”

Khan expressed his feelings now that Martial Law has been declared in the country.

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