Supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in Peshawar erupted in joy following the Supreme Court’s order to immediately release former prime minister and party chief Imran Khan in the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case.
The PTI chief had challenged his arrest in the apex court after the Islamabad High Court had earlier declared it legal.
Declaring his arrest illegal, the apex court directed that Imran be housed at the Police Lines guesthouse until Friday, and during this time be permitted to meet with up to 10 individuals.
After the media reported the court’s orders in the high-profile case, many PTI supporters fell to their knees, prostrating (offering sajda) to express gratitude to the Almighty.
In Peshawar, many were seen dancing to the beat of drums and firing guns into the air to celebrate. The workers were seen distributing sweets among themselves and other supporters in various parts of the city.
Meanwhile, in an official press release, the PTI welcomed the decision, emphasising that it believes in peaceful political struggle and hopes that all institutions will strictly follow the orders of the Supreme Court and take care of the security of its chairman.
The PTI leadership will decide on the next political course of action after consultations, according to the statement. The party expressed its gratitude to the judiciary for upholding the rule of law and protecting the rights of citizens.