Imran Khan appears before anti-terror court, gets interim bail until Sept 1

ATC directs authorities not to arrest PTI chief until interim bail expires: Imran stands by his claim of sexual assault of Shahbaz Gill: Foolproof security as PTI workers gather outside ATC, chant anti-govt slogans

By: News Desk
Published: 09:45 AM, 25 Aug, 2022
Imran Khan appears before anti-terror court, gets interim bail until Sept 1
Caption: TV grab shows Imran Khan talking to newsmen outside the anti-terrorism court.
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An anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on Thursday approved an interim bail of former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and directed authorities not to arrest him until September 1, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Imran Khan on Thursday appeared before the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad and filed a petition for pre-arrest bail in a case of hurling threats at police officers and a lady judge.

The former premier adopted in his petition that the police registered an anti-terrorism case against him out of vengeance, demanding that the court accept his request for pre-arrest bail.

It is to be noted here that an anti-terrorism case had been registered against Imran Khan at Margalla police station in Islamabad after he threatened the Islamabad police officers and a lady judge in a public rally.

ATC Judge Raja Jawad Abbas conducted the hearing and approved Imran Khan's interim bail until September 1. The court ordered the PTi chief to submit surety bond of Rs100,000.

The court also issued notice to police and sought their response.

Meanwhile, a large number of PTI workers gathered outside the ATC, and they chanted slogans in favour of Imran Khan and against the government.

Foolproof security arrangements have been ensured around and on the premises of the Judicial Complex as over 400 personnel of police and FC were deployed there. All roads leading to the Judicial Complex have been closed, and no irrelevant person is allowed entry into it.

It is to be noted here that today is the last day of the protective bail granted to Imran Khan by the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

It also merits a mention here that the IHC had granted transit remand to Imran Khan in the case, ordering him to appear before the trial court within three days.

Imran stands by his claim of sexual assault of Shahbaz Gill

Talking to the newsmen while leaving the anti-terrorism court after being granted pre-arrest bail, Imran Khan stood by his claim about sexual assault of Shahbaz Gill.

The former premier told media that Shahbaz Gill had been assaulted sexually, adding the PTI would take legal action against the police in that regard.

He said that when one talked about taking legal action, cases were made against one. “What type of joke is this?” he questioned.

Bail granted in another case

Imran Khan was also granted bail from district and sessions court in another case pertaining to the violation of Section 144 in Islamabad during the PTI’s rally on August 20 last.

Imran Khan and other party leaders had attended the rally held to protest Shahbaz Gill’s arrest.

District and Sessions Judge Tahir Abbas also heard the bail plea of Imran Khan. He approved bail to the PTI chief against surety bonds of Rs5,000 and instructed to appear before the court again on September 7.

Reporters: Ehtisham Kiyani and Saud Butt