ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan appeared before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday amid heavy security to seek bail in nine different cases.
Security had been beefed up around the IHC in preparation for Khan’s appearance, who had traveled to the federal capital from Lahore this morning to obtain interim bail.
A large police presence has been stationed outside the court, along with barbed wire and containers to maintain law and order.
The police have also prohibited unrelated individuals from entering the IHC.
Khan is scheduled to appear before a two-member bench led by Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, who has threatened to revoke Khan’s bail for his repeated absences from court on the previous hearing.
The district government has undertaken extensive security precautions to safeguard Khan’s safety, while attorneys and journalists will be able to enter courtroom No. 1 via a special pass.
Only 15 lawyers will be permitted to accompany Khan inside the courtroom, and only ten lawyers from the attorney general’s and advocate general’s offices will be permitted to attend the hearing.
While hearing Khan’s bail applications in two separate cases involving threatening officers of the armed forces and the attempted murder of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha on Wednesday, Chief Justice Aamer Farooq stated that the law was very clear and equal for all.
“There was no precedent of exemption from appearance during bail hearings in a bail petition.”
Imran Khan appears in court despite leg pain.
While the party chairman was leaving for Islamabad, PTI released a shot video statement of him.
“[We] respect the courts, so we will appear [before the court] despite the pain and swelling in my leg,” Khan, who was waiting to be carried to the car, added.
He stated that he was not like “those who create propaganda against the judges” if a favorable verdict was not reached.
Khan further claimed that he had alerted the Lahore High Court (LHC) of an attempt on his life.
“Once in Wazirabad and again on March 18 in the Judicial Complex,” he continued.
PTI president then asked people to take to the streets in solidarity with Pakistan’s president Justice (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial.
“The mafia is hell-bent against the chief justice,” he added, adding that “the mafia” had divided the Supreme Court (SC) and was breaking the law.
He also chastised the incumbent government for “running from the elections,” which were expected to take place within 90 days of the legislatures’ dissolution.