The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday extended Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s protective bail in nine cases that are registered against him under terrorism charges for attempting murder and vandalism.
The former prime minister appeared before the two-member bench headed by IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq amid tight security. The PTI chief reached the courtroom via a wheelchair due to his leg injury.
At the outset of the hearing, Khan’s lawyer Barrister Safdar maintained that 140 cases had been registered against the PTI chief so far and the petitioner had sought bail in all the cases in his knowledge.
While extending PTI Chief interim bail in seven terror cases for 10 days, the court directed Imran Khan to approach the trial court.
The counsel urged the court to fix a day for his client to join the investigation.
Chief Justice Farooq remarked that a medical report from a government hospital should be submitted to seek an extension in future and ordered to provide material on the plea seeking permission to appear via a video link.
During the hearing, PTI Senior Leader Fawad Chaudhry got into an argument with Advocate General Jahangir Jadoon, at which the court expressed annoyance.
At this point during the hearing, the PTI chief came to the rostrum and revealed that he has informed the five-member bench at Lahore High Court about the person who can harm him.
“If I take his name, none of the newspapers will publish that,” he said, accusing the person of running the caretaker government.
In an informal conversation after the two-member bench left the courtroom, Khan replied to a journalist’s question regarding meetings with American diplomats. “We want good relations with everybody,” he said.
His remarks came days after PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry met US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome.
Imran Khan said that the number of cases registered against him will soon hit a double century.
“In cricket I only managed to score 170; however, in politics I’ll score a double century,” Khan lamented.
Taking a jibe at the former chief of army staff General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa, Khan revealed: “During several briefings, Bajwa said that there is no oil in tanks.”
“I was surprised that what kind of an army chief is he who is talking about such things,” he said.
During the conversation, he also condemned Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s trip to India.
In response to a question regarding the rifts among the puisnes, Khan said the reference against Justice Qazi Faiz Isa was initiated from people in positions above General (retd) Faiz Hamid.
“We were told that the law is equal for everybody, therefore we also gave answers,” he said, adding that they [the PTI] were told the answers need to be taken from Qazi Faez Isa.
“Later we realised that there was some other intention behind all this,” he added.
Imran Khan Appear on Wheel Chair
Earlier today, the PTI chief said he would appear before the court despite “pain and swelling” in his leg because he “respects the court”.
Sitting on a wheelchair to be moved to the car before leaving for Islamabad, Imran Khan in a brief video statement released on social media said: “[We] respect the courts, so will appear [before the court] despite pain and swelling in the leg.”
The PTI chief further added that he was not like “those who create propaganda against the judges” if they don’t get a favorable decision.
Today’s Security Arrangements
Today ahead of his tour to the federal capital for hearing purpose, security around the court was tightened and a heavy contingent of police was deployed. Containers were also placed to ensure law and order in the area.
The police also banned the entry of unrelated persons into the IHC.
To ensure Imran Khan’s safety, the district administration has made strict security arrangements, while the lawyers and journalists will be allowed to enter courtroom no 1 via a special pass.
Only 15 lawyers will be allowed to accompany Imran Khan inside the court and 10 lawyers from the attorney general and advocate general’s office will be allowed to attend the hearing.