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Ex-PM Imran Khan secures pre-arrest bail in terror case

Terrorism charges have been leveled against former Prime Minister Imran Khan as a result of his speech on Saturday. However, the IHC granted pre-arrest bail to the PTI Chairman.

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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted pre-arrest bail to former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan till August 25 in a terrorism case.

According to the details, the Islamabad High Court ordered Imran Khan to appear before the concerned anti-terrorism court on August 25. Until then, the court said, police must not arrest him.

Earlier, Imran Khan approached the Islamabad High Court to seek pre-arrest bail in a terrorism case against him. Imran Khan’s lawyers, Babar Awan and Faisal Chaudhry filed a petition seeking pre-arrest bail on his behalf in the IHC.

In the petition, Imran Khan stated that he was ready to be part of the investigation whenever the court says. The former prime minister said he has no criminal record and has never been convicted.

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Moreover, the plea alleged that the government had decided to “cross all limits” to arrest Imran “under false accusations” and was “hell-bent to sort out the petitioner and his party at all costs”, the media reported.

It further said the most recent FIR was “politically motivated”, in which Imran Khan had been “falsely” involved with “mala fide intention and ulterior motives to humiliate” him.

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Earlier, the PTI chief 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.

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 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”.

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Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah even said the government was holding legal consultations on whether to file a separate case against PTI Chairman Imran Khan for his “provocative speech” on Saturday or nominate him in a previous case.