IHC grants three-day protective bail to Imran Khan
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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday granted three-day protective bail to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The protective bail was granted to Imran Khan in a case that had been registered against him under Anti-Terrorism Act for threatening state officials.
The IHC barred the arrest of Imran Khan till Thursday and ordered him to approach the concerned court.
It is to be noted here that the lawyers for Imran Khan had demanded more time from the court, stating that three days were not enough.
A petition was Monday filed at Islamabad High Court (IHC) for pre-arrest bail of former prime minister Imran Khan in a case that had been registered against him under Anti-Terrorism Act for threatening an additional sessions judge and the senior officers of Islamabad police during an address to a rally at F-9 Park in Islamabad.
The petition for pre-arrest bail for Imran Khan was filed by the PTI lawyers – Babar Awan and Faisal Chaudhry.
The petition stated that Imran was a “target of the ruling PDM (Pakistan Democratic Movement) for his fearless criticism, and extremely bold and blunt stance against corruption and corrupt politicians”.
“And to achieve this malicious agenda, acting in a most unfortunate and clumsy manner, a false and frivolous complaint has been registered against him by the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) police at the behest of the incumbent government,” it added.
The plea further alleged that the government had decided to “cross all limits” to arrest Imran “under false accusations” and was “hell-bent to sort out the petitioner and his party at all costs”.
The government, in an illegal effort to settle a political score, has decided to “illegally and unlawfully victimise” the petitioner, it said, adding that the government had registered 17 FIRs against Imran.
It further said the most recent FIR against was “politically motivated”, in which Imran had been “falsely” involved with “mala fide intention and ulterior motives to humiliate” him.
Moreover, the plea highlighted that the FIR was registered after an “unexplained inordinate delay of 24 hours”. “The contents of the FIR reflect that the alleged offence is not made out. The case in hand is of further inquiry”.
The plea contended the case was based on “surmises and conjectures” and that no evidence was available on record against Imran in connection with the case.
It also contended that there was no “direct or indirect” evidence available on record against Imran in the case, which created “serious doubt in the prosecution story”.
It went on to say that Imran was a respectable citizen and “a sheer apprehension of his imminent arrest would cause humiliation and unjustified harassment”.
It stated that there was “no likelihood” of Imran absconding or tampering with prosecution evidence if granted protective bail.
The petitioner has an unblemished track record and has never been implicated in any criminal activity, the plea said, adding that he was ready to join the investigation as and when required.
The petition said that Imran was also ready to furnish a “solvent surety bond” when required.
The state was nominated as the respondent in the plea. However, it is not yet clear if the petition has been accepted for hearing.
The FIR against Imran was registered at Islamabad’s Margalla police station at 10pm on Saturday under the complaint of magistrate Ali Javed. The FIR said that at the PTI’s rally at F-9 park a day ago, Imran had “terrorised and threatened top police officials and a respected female additional sessions judge” in his address.
The FIR reproduced the PTI chairman’s comments where he spoke about the female judge and the Islamabad police officials.
In his address on Saturday, Imran had threatened to file cases against Islamabad’s inspector general of police and deputy inspector general of police and said: “We won’t spare you.”
The former premier had also taken exception to Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry, who had approved Gill’s two-day physical remand at the request of the capital police, and said she should “prepare herself as action would be taken against her”.
The FIR argued that Imran’s speech was meant to “terrorise” top police officials and the judiciary so they could not perform their functions and abstain from pursuing any action against any PTI-related individual if required to do so.
The magistrate argued that Imran’s speech had spread fear and uncertainty among the police, judges and the nation. “Terrorism has been spread the country’s peace has been harmed,” he added.
The FIR requested that legal action be pursued against Imran and an “exemplary punishment” be meted out.
Earlier on Sunday, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah had warned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan of registering a case and arresting him for threatening state officials.
Reporter: Ehtisham Kiyani