PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan has thanked the public for showing support during his Lahore High Court (LHC) appearance on Monday.
Taking to Twitter, the PTI Chief shared videos of crowds gathered in the streets of Lahore as his motorcade made its way to the Lahore High Court.
PTI supporters and workers gathered in huge crowds and chanted slogans in support of Imran Khan. They also thronged to the LHC, where lawyers also expressed solidarity with the former Prime Minister.
“I want to thank all the people and especially the lawyers for coming out in huge numbers spontaneously and showing such passionate support yesterday,” Imran Khan said on Twitter.
I want to thank all the people & especially the lawyers for coming out in huge numbers spontaneously and showing such passionate support yesterday. pic.twitter.com/J4LdiRc0IV
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) February 21, 2023
Monday, the LHC gave Imran Khan the last chance to appear before it by 5pm in a case pertaining to a protest outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Justice Sheikh in his remarks asked Imran Khan’s counsel to ensure his presence in the court.
As Imran Khan’s in-person appearance was expected, reports also emerged that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had decided to arrest him in the prohibited funding case. Media reports claimed that the FIA had sent a summary of the matter to DG FIA and had also constituted a four-member team.
The Lahore police would assist the FIA team during the arrest of Imran Khan who would then have been handed over to FIA Islamabad team. A large contingent of police personnel was also deployed at the main gate of the LHC.
Amid fears of the arrest of their leader, PTI workers, and supporters crowded Lahore High Court as they expressed their solidarity with Imran Khan. Videos from Lahore High Court went viral on social media where PTI workers could be heard chanting slogans in support of Imran Khan.
Yesterday, the former prime minister secured protective bail from the Lahore High Court in a case registered at the Sangjani police station. Imran Khan apologised to the LHC judge for wasting the precious time of the court. Later, the PTI chief’s counsel withdrew the bail plea. The LHC wrapped up the proceeding after Imran Khan withdrew his bail petition.