The Lahore High Court (LHC) finally granted interim protective bail to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan until March 3 in a terror case registered against him over alleged vandalism during protests in Islamabad against his disqualification by the Election commission of Pakistan on Monday, shortly after his court appearance and several adjournments (ECP).
After the ECP published the Toshakhana ruling, which sparked nationwide protests, the deposed prime minister, who was forced from office through a no-confidence motion, was arrested in the terror case in October of last year.
Khan’s request for precautionary bail in a terrorism case against him stemming from suspected vandalism during the rallies in Islamabad against his government was denied on February 16 by a two-member panel of the LHC.
A two-member LHC court led by Judge Ali Baqar Najafi resumed hearing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s bail request after several adjournments.
Khan’s attorney, Khawaja Tariq Rahim, informed the court’s bench that the former prime minister was present on the court’s property and begged the court to record the presence of the injured official in his car.
Judge Najafi then ordered the attorney to bring his client before the court as soon as he arrived at the court’s location.
The attorney argued that if someone pushed Khan during the rush inside the courthouse, Khan’s plaster would be damaged.
The judge said, “Suspect’s appearance in court is required for interim bail.”
After the postponement, Khan and his attorney returned to the court and asked for precautionary bail in the terrorism case.