IHC grants Imran interim bail in 7 cases

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The Islamabad High Court on Monday granted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan interim bail in seven cases and restrained authorities from arresting him.

The former premier had approached the high court seeking protective bail in cases pertaining to clashes between PTI workers and police personnel during his earlier Federal Judicial Complex appearance.

PTI senior leaders Fawad Chaudhary, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Sabtain Khan and party lawyers were present in large numbers inside the courtroom.

The former premier sought interim bail in seven cases for security concerns. Imran was accompanied by his two senior lawyers, Naeem Panjotha and Salman Safdar.

During the hearing, IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq questioned why the petitioner was trying to bypass the trial courts, to which his counsel Advocate Safdar stated that the former premier faced security threats.

Justice Farooq stated that law and order situations arose when thousands of people gathered outside courts, however, Imran’s lawyer argued that people came to the court on their accord and were not summoned by the PTI.

The lawyer continued that on March 18 they were at the judicial complex but were not allowed to enter. He added that Imran’s counsel will assist the court on events outside the trial court.

Meanwhile, Imran Khan on Monday filed an application against Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah for issuing “direct threats” against him and his party at the Islamabad High Court.

Seeking the IHC’s intervention on the matter, Imran has requested the court to block his arrest and prevent the respondents from acting on their “plans”.