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ATC accepts Imran Khan’s interim bail in terror case

Judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan approved the interim bail of the PTI chairman until September 01 against a surety bond of Rs100,000 and directed him to appear before the court again.

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The interim bail of PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan has been accepted by the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad in a terror case filed against him.

According to the details, Judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan approved the interim bail of PTI Chairman Imran Khan until September 01 against a surety bond of Rs100,000 and directed him to appear before the court again. It also issued notices to the police, barring them from arresting the PTI Chairman.

Earlier, Imran Khan had arrived before the court to seek pre-arrest bail in the terror case filed against him. Heightened security measures were taken ahead of his arrival. PTI workers and supporters were also gathered outside the court to support their leader.

Imran Khan was booked under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (punishment for acts of terrorism) regarding his comments at his Islamabad rally on Saturday.

According to the First Information Report (FIR), he threatened Additional Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry and police officers at a rally in F-9 Park to “terrorise” police officials and the judiciary.

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To clarify, during his speech on Saturday, Imran Khan threatened to file cases against Islamabad’s inspector general of police and deputy inspector general of police.

“We won’t spare you,” he warned.

Not holding back, the former premier had also taken exception to Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry, who had approved his close aide Shahbaz Gill’s two-day physical remand at the request of the capital police, and said she should “prepare herself as action would be taken against her”.

PTI’s stance on Imran Khan’s terror charges

According to the PTI camp, they said that the police lodged a terrorism case against Imran Khan as “revenge”.

PTI’s senior leader Babar Awan claimed that by filing this case, the government has completely “destroyed” Pakistan’s anti-terrorism narrative as he termed the charges against Khan “false”.

“This is a fabricated case; no threat was issued; no Kalashnikov rifle was fired,” the former special assistant to PM on parliamentary affairs said.

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Similarly, PTI leader Asad Umar, following the acceptance of Imran Khan’s bail, said that the terrorism case was filed on the basis of a speech that spoke of taking legal action which is the right of every citizen.

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