After the rejection of the interim bail of former Prime Minister Imran Khan by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in the Toshakhana reference on Wednesday the Lahore High Court (LHC) also asked Mr. Khan to appear in person for protective bail.
It is worth mentioning here that Imran Khan’s interim bail was rejected by the court after he failed to appear before the court in a case pertaining to protests outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) following his disqualification. The LHC on Wednesday ordered Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to appear before the court by 8 pm as the former premier seeks protective bail.
During the hearing, Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Punjab to bring Imran Khan into the court ‘under his protection’. “Law is equal for everyone, First, Imran Khan should surrender then the court will hear the case,” he said, rejecting his request for exemption from court appearance. Later the court also extended its timing by 15 minutes and asked Imran’s Counsel to produce him by 8:15 pm to get protective bail. The former premier’s lawyers have also filed a request, seeking an exemption from court appearance.
In the petition filed for protective bail, Imran Khan argued that he was injured in an assassination attempt during PTI’s long march in Wazirabad.