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Azadi March Vandalism case: Imran Khan granted bail till July 6

Bail granted against Rs50,000 surety bonds in 10 cases of vandalism and arson during Azadi March.

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A district and session court in Islamabad on Friday granted bail to PTI chief Imran Khan in 10 cases registered against him for vandalism and arson during the party’s ‘Azadi March’ last month.

The sessions court judge Kamran Basharat heard the bail plea of Imran Khan, who appeared in court along with his counsel Babar Awan and PTI leaders Asad Umar and Ali Nawaz Awan.

The judge granted interim bail to the ex-premier till July 6 and ordered him to submit a bond of Rs 5,000 in each case.

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The judge summoned police for the next hearing and asked the officials to bring the records.

A total of 15 vandalism cases were registered against him in 11 police stations across the capital, including Aabpara Police Station, I-9, Kohsar, Karachi Company, Golra, Tarnol, Bhara Kahu Police Station, Sihala Police Station, Koral Police Station, and Lohi Bhair and others.

Earlier this month, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) granted Khan transitory, protective bail till June 25 in cases registered against him by the government in light of his ‘Azadi March’ in Islamabad.

The high court accepted his petition against a surety bond of Rs50,000 but said he could always approach the court in case of any problem.

The orders were forwarded to the additional sessions judge in Islamabad, and he was instructed to appear before the Islamabad sessions court before June 25.

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Last week, a Lahore anti-terrorism court (ATC) extended the interim bail to over a dozen senior PTI leaders from June 17 till June 28.

The PTI leaders were booked for alleged violations of Section 144 and attacks on law enforcement agencies during the party’s ‘Azadi March’ on May 25, which Khan ended abruptly on May 26. In its aftermath, three policemen lost their lives, according to Punjab police.

The leaders granted bail include Mian Akram Usman, Zubair Niazi, Imtiaz Sheikh, Mian Mehmood ur Rasheed, Shafqat Mahmood, Nadeem Abbas, Murad Raas, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Yasir Gilani, Dr Yasmin Rashid, Hammad Azhar, Andleeb Abbas, and Ijaz Chaudhry.