Imran Khan receives respite from Lahore ATC in three instances
He entered a plea to avoid having to appear in person. The Zille Shah murder case, arson, and meddling in state matters were three instances in which the former prime minister appeared in court to obtain bail.
عمران خان سخت سیکیورٹی میں انسداد دہشتگردی عدالت پیش ہوئے۔ pic.twitter.com/ZKetvQBQUe— PTI (@PTIofficial) April 4, 2023
Under anti-terror, assisting and abetting laws, these charges were filed against the PTI leader at the Race Course Police Station in Lahore.
In association with the altercations between PTI members and police that took place during an operation to apprehend Khan in the Toshakhana presents case, the Lahore police had filed these three cases against Khan.
The PMLN-led alliance government has filed over 140 cases against the former minister in the last 11 months for terrorism, murder, attempted murder, and blasphemy.
The former prime minister stated in his plea for temporary parole filed on March 25 that he wishes to participate in the probe but is afraid of being detained by police.
Khan had been given bail by the ATC with a condition that he post surety deposits totaling Rs100,000 in each case and cooperate with the probe and appear at all scheduled hearings.
The hearing today
The PTI leader had originally submitted a petition asking for an exemption from an in-person presence rather than showing up before the court today. According to the petition, Khan was in the province capital but was unable to attend because of security issues.
However, the court ordered Khan’s attorney to make sure the PTI leader arrives before the court by 11am; otherwise, the court would decide on his request for temporary parole in accordance with the law.
The judge said, “Those who appear before the court will be given relief.” The PTI leader, according to him, had not even filed the security pledges for his release that had been authorized at the prior hearing.
Following the court’s directive, the ATC’s security was boosted and jamming trucks were stationed there.
In the meantime, Khan’s attorney, Barrister Salman Safdar, submitted a request for security measures to be put in place at the court for the PTI leader’s presence. In a court case before an administrative magistrate, Khan was asked to provide foolproof protection because the courthouse was dangerous.
Khan showed up in person in front of the judge as instructed under tight protection.