Imran Khan is released after receiving many reprieves from the IHC.
Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, cannot be detained by law enforcement until Monday, May 15 in any case brought against him, according to an order issued by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday.
He was then given a 10-day temporary bail in cases filed in Lahore by the court.
The ruling was given by a two-judge panel that included Justices Tariq Mehmood Jehangiri and Ejaz Ishaq Khan. In addition, the court’s orders barring security forces from detaining Mr. Khan in any case filed after May 9 until May 17 and stopping the Toshakhana case filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against Mr. Khan for allegedly concealing gifts are added to the relief granted to Mr. Khan by the IHC.
One of the instances was the murder of Ali Bilal aka Zille Shah. The Punjab police have named Mr. Khan and other PTI leaders in connection with the alleged murder of Zille Shah, who was allegedly slain during PTI demonstrations in Lahore. The PTI, on the other hand, said that Mr. Shah had been killed by police. Mr. Khan had petitioned the court for protective bail in four instances, including the homicide of Zille Shah.
Relief in Al-Qadir Trust case
In the Al-Qadir Trust case, the IHC had already granted him bail, delaying the authorities’ ability to detain him until May 17. It happens a day after the Supreme Court ordered him to appear before the IHC to request bail after labelling his detention in the case as “illegal”.
The decision was made by a division bench made up of Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz, and it is anticipated to ease the tension in the nation that erupted after the former premier’s incarceration.
The Supreme Court ruled that Imran Khan’s arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust case was “illegal” and ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to immediately release him.
After the PTI petitioned the top court to question the IHC’s decision to provide legal justification for the detention of Mr. Khan in the case, a three-member bench, presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial and made up of Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, heard the case.
The court then instructed Mr. Khan to appear before the IHC on Friday, the court that had deemed Mr. Khan’s arrest “legal,” and it obligated the leader of the PTI to comply with the ruling. Although the court questioned how Mr. Khan had been brought into custody, it did not cancel the arrest warrants.
Proccedings stopped in Toshakhana case
Regarding the Toshakhana case brought by the ECP against Mr. Khan, the court halted the case’s progress.
The PTI leader petitioned the IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq for the trial in the matter to be moved from the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Humayun Dilawar.
The appeal was submitted on May 11, one day following the extra sessions judge’s indictment of Mr. Khan in the Toshakhana case and summons of three prosecution witnesses to give testimony on May 13. The PTI chief’s request for a transfer of his case had also been denied by the trial court’s judge.
Khawaja Harris, the attorney for Mr. Khan, announced at the beginning of the session that he had four petitions and that the ECP secretary was not authorised to refer the Toshakhana matter to the trial court. By sending the complaint, he claimed that the ECP had broken the law, and he added that the complaint could not have been filed after the allotted time had passed.
Prior to Imran Khan’s presence in another case, the chief judge of the IHC made a statement on the security measures implemented outside the high court, stating: “It seems curfew has been imposed.”
Later, Mr. Harris begged the chief justice to grant a stay of the Toshakhana case proceedings. The trial would be postponed pending the IHC’s decision on the PTI plea after the IHC accepted the request. The case was then postponed until June 8.
Army called in ahead of PTI’s protests
Violent demonstrations broke out across the nation shortly after his detention, leaving four people dead and 27 wounded in Peshawar. Protesters have also plagued other cities, including Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Quetta, with demonstrators destroying and defacing public property.
Political administrations in Punjab, KP, Balochistan, and Islamabad requested the Pakistan Army’s assistance in preserving law and order in reaction to the violent demonstration