Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was granted protective bail by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday in seven instances.
The appeals were considered by a panel presided over by Justice Mian Gul Hassan Aurangzeb and IHC CJ Aamer Farooq.
PTI chief’s attorney, Barrister Salman Safdar, entered the court at the beginning of the session and asserted that they had obtained Khan’s protective bail from the Lahore High Court (LHC) after which they came to the judicial complex but were unable to proceed further.
He continued, “Additional FIRs against Imran Khan were filed that day.” IHC CJ then questioned the counsel on their decision to contact IHC directly rather than through a forum. Two past prime ministers have been attacked, according to Imran Khan’s attorney, who also noted that his client faces grave security risks.
In response, CJ IHC said that by removing Imran Khan’s security, the government had “done wrong.” The federal government received the notices as well.
Imran Khan, a former prime minister, traveled by road from Zaman Park to Islamabad. Imran Khan’s vehicle was permitted to enter the IHC grounds despite security warnings.
Reservations and petitions for bail
The Islamabad High Court has received numerous requests for bail before arrest filed by Imran Khan.
The petition claimed that since cases of political retaliation had been filed, the court ought to stop the parties from arresting the petitioner.
On the other side, the Islamabad High Court has objected to each of Imran Khan’s seven pleas for bail before arrest. The Islamabad High Court’s registrar’s office has voiced two complaints in total.
Imran Khan had not completed biometrics, and the Registrar’s Office raised concerns about how an application might be sent to the High Court before the trial court.
Imran appears at IHC seeking interim bail in several cases
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan appeared in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday to seek protective bail in cases involving clashes between PTI workers and police officers during his previous Federal Judicial Complex appearance.
According to media reports, Imran’s bail application has yet to be heard.
Inside the courtroom, senior PTI leaders Fawad Chaudhary, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Sabtain Khan, and party lawyers are in large numbers.
The former premier is expected to seek interim bail in all five cases, possibly for security reasons. Imran is accompanied by Naeem Panjotha and Salman Safdar, two senior lawyers.
PTI workers being targeted
Separately, Islamabad Police allegedly attempted to arrest Ghulam Sarwar Khan. He did, however, manage to flee with his caravan.
The police reportedly apprehended the deposed prime minister Naumanji’s, official photographer. According to reports, three more PTI employees were also transferred to the prisoner’s vehicle.
Several party leaders arrived at the toll plaza on the highway, while PTI supporters began congregating at the Rawalpindi toll plaza.
Earlier today, the IHC adjourned a hearing to request more information about the cases filed against the PTI chief.
Chief Justice Aamer Farooq heard the case, and Imran’s lawyers complained about the difficulty in getting to the court, to which the judge responded that he had to take the same route and that security had been arranged for PTI leaders.
The federation government requested more time to provide information during the hearing.
The court adjourned the case until Tuesday and directed the FBI and the Islamabad Police to inform the IHC of the number of cases pending against Imran by tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) has summoned seventeen PTI leaders, including the PTI chief, to participate in the investigation into the terror charges leveled against them.
Some of the leaders summoned include PTI Secretary General Asad Umar, Murad Saeed, Aamir Kiyani, Shibli Faraz, and Ali Amin Gandapur.