In a relief to embattled former Prime Minister Imran Khan, a top court of Pakistan on Friday granted protective bail in eight terrorism cases and one civil case. There is a warrant against him till March 18 in a corruption case. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party chief Imran Khan, 70, traveled to the Lahore High Court in a bulletproof vehicle to seek protective bail in nine cases.
According to Geo TV, a two-member bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC), comprising Justice Tariq Salim Shaikh and Justice Farooq Haider, heard bail applications filed against cases registered under sections of terrorism.
The report said that in five cases in Islamabad, the PTI chief was granted bail by the court till March 24 and in three cases in Lahore till March 27.
Meanwhile, Justice Salim also heard the bail applications filed by Imran Khan against the civil case filed against him.
Earlier, the Islamabad High Court had suspended the non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Imran Khan till March 18, giving him a chance to appear before the district court hearing the Toshakhana case.
A tense calm prevailed in Lahore’s Zaman Park near Imran Khan’s residence ahead of the LHC verdict. There was a fierce clash between his fierce supporters and the Punjab Police for two days. The conflict finally ended on Wednesday after the intervention of the court.
Imran Khan is accused of receiving an expensive Graff wristwatch as a premium at a discounted price from a state depository called Adi Toshakhana in the name of buying a gift and selling them for profit.
The Toshakhana, established in 1974, is a department under the administrative control of the Cabinet Division and stores precious gifts given to rulers, parliamentarians, bureaucrats and officials by foreign dignitaries and other governments and heads of state.
Imran Khan was disqualified by the Election Commission of Pakistan in October last year for not sharing details of the sale. The election body later filed a complaint in the district court to punish him under criminal laws for selling gifts received as the country’s prime minister. Khan has strongly denied those allegations.
According to Imran Khan, he is facing more than 80 different cases in different courts across Pakistan.