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Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Interim Bail Extended as Arrest Warrants Issued in Arson Cases

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Published on: 10 July 2023 at 16:45 IST

Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, had his interim bail extended by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad. The court granted bail to Khan in three cases registered against him at police stations Kahna and Bhara Kahu. The court emphasized the need for a transparent inquiry and warned against any delays. While the court did not show support for either the accused or the prosecution, it stressed the importance of conducting a fair investigation.

In Lahore, another ATC issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran Khan and other PTI leaders in two arson cases. The warrants were issued due to their repeated absence from the hearings of the cases. The cases in question were registered at Model Town police station and Naseerabad police station.

In recent statements, Imran Khan accused his political opponents of attempting to harm him and alleged that the Shehbaz Sharif government had orchestrated a plan to imprison him. He criticized the administration’s handling of his arrest and claimed that false and baseless cases were being used against him.

Imran Khan was arrested on May 9 by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on corruption charges related to the Al-Qadir Trust, which he co-owns with his wife, Bushra Bibi. Following his arrest, protests broke out across the country, leading to a crackdown and numerous arrests. Individuals involved in the May 9 violence are now being tried in military courts.