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Imran Khan gets bail in Al-Qadir Trust case

A two-member special division bench comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Saman Imtiaz, who presided over the hearing, approved Imran Khan’s bail for two weeks.

In a major development, the Islamabad High Court has granted two-week protective bail to PTI Chairman and former Prime Minster Imran Khan in the Al-Qadir Trust case.

According to the details, a two-member special division bench comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Saman Imtiaz, who presided over the hearing, approved Imran Khan’s bail for two weeks.

The IHC also issued notice to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and directed to submit a reply in the next hearing.

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Imran Khan’s lawyers had also filed four additional pleas which urged the IHC to club all the cases against Imran and to direct authorities to provide details of the cases registered against him.

Extraordinary security arrangements were put in place in the capital during Imran Khan’s appearance at the high court. Police and Frontier Corps (FC) troops are deployed outside the IHC.

Containers have been placed near police lines on the Srinagar Highway and a heavy contingent of police and Rangers officials has been deployed under the Faizabad Bridge, Srinagar Highway, and Police Lines.

Imran Khan arrived in a high-security convoy at Islamabad High Court, where hundreds of police and paramilitary troops have been deployed. He was taken for his biometrics immediately after reaching court.

SC orders Imran Khan’s release

A day before, the Supreme Court of Pakistan declared Imran Khan’s arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust case as “illegal”. The court also issued orders for his immediate release.

The three-member bench — headed by CJP Bandial and comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar — issued the verdict on PTI’s petition challenging Imran Khan’s arrest.

While hearing the former prime minister’s plea against his arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust case, the SC bench termed Imran Khan’s arrest by Rangers from inside the courtroom “illegal” and ordered his immediate release.

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