Pakistani court grants protective bail to Imran in eight terrorism cases and one civil case


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party chief Imran Khan, 70, arrived in Lahore in a bulletproof vehicle and appeared in the High Court to seek protective bail in nine cases.

In a relief to embattled former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Lahore High Court on Friday granted him protective bail in eight terrorism cases and one civil case. The high court granted him this relief hours after another court adjourned till March 18 the non-bailable arrest warrant issued against him in a corruption case. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party chief Imran Khan, 70, arrived in Lahore in a bulletproof vehicle and appeared in the High Court to seek protective bail in nine cases.

According to Geo TV, the High Court bench comprising Justice Tariq Salim and Justice Farooq Haider heard the petitions filed by Imran against the cases registered under sections of terrorism. The PTI chief was granted bail till March 24 by the court in five cases registered in Islamabad and till March 27 in three other cases registered in Lahore, the report said. Meanwhile, Justice Salim heard Imran’s plea against a civil case.

Earlier, the Islamabad High Court had adjourned till March 18 the non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Khan, giving him an opportunity to appear in the district court hearing the Toshakhana case. A tense calm prevailed near Khan’s residence in Zaman Park, an affluent area of ‚Äč‚ÄčLahore, where two days of fierce clashes broke out between his supporters and the Punjab police ahead of the high court verdict. The struggle ended on Wednesday following the intervention of the court. Khan has been in controversy for buying gifts, including an expensive Graff wristwatch that he bought from Toshakhana at a discounted price and then sold for a profit.

He had received this watch as a gift as the Prime Minister which was kept in the Toshakhana. Toshakhana established in the year 1974 is a department under the administrative control of Cabinet Division. The Toshakhana stores valuable gifts received by Pakistani rulers, parliamentarians, bureaucrats and officials from governments of other countries, heads of states and foreign dignitaries. Imran Khan was disqualified by the Election Commission of Pakistan in October last year for not sharing details of the sale.

Disclaimer:Prabhasakshi has not edited this news. This news has been published from PTI-language feed.



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