The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is currently facing an astounding 36 cases in courts located throughout Islamabad, Lahore and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
There are several charges associated with the case, including defamation, disqualification, and pre-arrest bail. In one instance, Imran has yet to be granted pre-arrest bail in a terrorism case. There is the possibility that he could be arrested if bail is denied in either of the two cases for which bail is currently pending.
25 of the cases are still pending at the sessions court in Islamabad, where the majority of the cases are being heard. In all but two of these cases, Imran has been granted bail. One relates to the Toshakhana verdict protests, and Imran’s pre-arrest bail application is still pending in this instance. February 27th has been set aside for a hearing.
The ECP filed a private complaint in the second instance accusing them of providing a false affidavit in the Toshakhana reference. On February 28, Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal issued a personal summons to Imran, and his indictment is anticipated to follow. It is anticipated that Imran’s attorneys will contest the court’s jurisdiction.
The remaining 23 cases in the Islamabad Sessions Court include cases involving violating Section 144 and making threatening statements against Additional Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry, as well as cases involving protests in May 2020 and August 2020. The attacks on the PTV and the parliament in 2014 are also cases included. Trials are still pending in all of these cases, and Imran is out on bail.
Imran is free on pre-arrest bail in the case filed under the Foreign Exchange Act regarding prohibited funding. He must appear in court on February 28 or the bail may be revoked, according to the court’s order. In this case, bail has already been granted to a co-accused.
Imran failed to appear before the special anti-terrorism court (ATC), therefore the court denied his request for pre-arrest bail in the terrorism case that was filed at the Sangjani police station. Imran obtained a protective bail from the Lahore High Court (LHC) until March 3rd, and if he shows up in the banking court on February 28th, he is anticipated to request pre-arrest bail from the ATC.
The sessions court in Islamabad is currently hearing three defamation cases, including one brought by Imran against Khawaja Asif, one brought by Imran against Najam Sethi, and one brought by Imran against Shehbaz Sharif.
In the Islamabad High Court (IHC), three cases are pending, including one concerning Imran’s failure to declare his alleged daughter Tyrian White in the nomination papers for the 2018 elections. The second case concerns the ECP’s decision concerning the Toshakhana reference, while the third concerns a show-cause notice regarding prohibited funding.