Anti-terror court extends Imran's bail in Sec 144 violation case

PTI chief unable to appear due to bullet injury; court asks for medical reports


Our Correspondent November 21, 2022
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks with reporters in Lahore, a day after he survived an assassination attempt. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD:

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Monday extended the bail of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan in a case pertaining to protests and interference in state affairs.

According to Express News, the case was heard by ATC Judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hasan, with Rai Tajumal Hussain Lati appearing on behalf of the former premier.

Lati informed the court that Imran could not be present in court due to his bullet injuries and stated that Imran is unwell due to his injuries.

The court extended Imran’s interim bail till November 28 after accepting the request for exemption from appearance on medical grounds. It also called for the complete medical report of the PTI chief to be submitted at the next hearing.

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The case was then adjourned for further hearing till November 28.

‘Violating Section 144’

The Islamabad police had filed a case against PTI chief Imran Khan and other party leaders for violating Section 144 during their rally in Islamabad held in August.

According to the first information report (FIR), filed by Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Muhammad Anwar, the federal capital police had made announcements through loudspeakers that Section 144 was imposed in the city, however, the rally had continued.

The party leaders had participated in the rally to protest PTI leader Shahbaz Gill’s arrest and 'custodial torture'.

According to the PTI leaders’ lawyers, the case against them was “baseless”, adding that the rally was peaceful and the cases were an "attempt to suppress" the leaders.

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