LHC grants Imran Khan extension in protective bail till March 27
By Malik Ashraf
March 24, 2023 08:27 PM
The Lahore High Court (LHC) Friday granted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan a three-day extension in protective bail till March 27 in five cases registered against him in the federal capital after he personnally appeared before the court, reported 24NewsHd TV channel.
Former prime minister arrived at the LHC in tight security as a two-member special bench, comprising Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh and Justice Anwaar Hussain heard the plea regarding an extension in the protective bail.
Last week, Khan secured protective bail in eight terrorism cases and one civil case — a total of nine — after he appeared before the court in person. For the five cases in Islamabad, the court granted bail to Khan till March 24 and for the three cases in Lahore, he received bail for 10 days (March 27).
The verdict today was announced minutes after the PTI submitted an affidavit that a bail petition has been submitted in Islamabad.
Following the court's order, the PTI chief's counsel submitted the affidavit stating that his client's bail pleas have been submitted in the Islamabad courts.
After the submission, the court asked the prosecutor whether he wanted to say something. The prosecutor said that he did not have anything to add.
Justice Sheikh said that the court is extending the relief granted to the petitioner as his cases are pending in the Islamabad courts. "If you (Khan) do not get bail there, then you will face the consequences of submitting a fake affidavit."
He also warned the PTI chief's counsel that submitting a fake affidavit was tantamount to contempt of court.
Earlier, Imran Khan submitted five more applications to the LHC seeking protective bail in these cases. But the registrar office objected that Imran had already obtained protective bail in these cases.
But a two-member bench comprising Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh and Justice Anwar Hussain removed registrar’s objection and fixed the petitions for hearing.
Earlier, LHC’s Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh conducted hearing of Imran Khan’s plea seeking details of cases filed against the PTI chief.
The LHC judge referred the case file to the chief justice for constituting a larger bench for hearing the case further.