Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted interim bail to PTI chairman Imran Khan in seven different cases against him till 6th April.
A bench headed by Islamabad Hogh Court Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb heard the case.
In today’s hearing Imran Khan’s lawyer Barrister Salman Safdar appeared in the court and contended that the objection related to bio-metric verification shouldn’t be imposed on individuals above the age of 60.
At this, Justice Farooq remarked that the bio-metric verification had become very easy now.
The lawyer maintained that they had acquired PTI chief’s protective bail from Lahore High Court (LHC) after which they arrived at the judicial complex but they weren’t allowed to move further.
“More FIRs against Imran Khan were lodged that day,” he added.
At this, IHC Chief Justice asked the lawyer to clarify why had they bypassed a forum to reach IHC.
“Why didn’t you go to the trial court first when you have to go there ultimately,” he asked.
At this, the lawyer maintained that he would present Supreme Court’s judgements in this regard.
After this, Khan proceeded to the rostrum, however, CJ Farooq directed him to stay seated.
Responding to the argument of Khan’s lawyer, the justice said that the security threats to the former premier must be genuine as he had been attacked once.
To this, CJ IHC remarked that the government has done ‘wrong’ by withdrawing Imran Khan’s security. The notices were also served to the federal govt.
Justice Hassan remarked that the court had asked the chief election commissioner to provide security to Khan several times. At this, Islamabad Advocate-General Jahangir Jadoon maintained that the trial court was shifted to the judicial complex from F8 katchehri court.
“Imran Khan has the responsibility to ensure a peaceful environment. He didn’t even get off the car and people burned cars,” he said.
At this, Justice Farooq remarked what the petitioner would do if the administration gave irresponsible statements.
“They [PTI] will arrange its own security if you [administration] don’t provide it. Two prime ministers of Pakistan had been assassinated and one was attacked,” the justice remarked.
The court then granted interim bail to Khan, after which the PTI chairman left the high court.
As the PTI chief moved towards Islamabad, a petition was filed in IHC by his lawyers seeking pre-arrest bail in the multiple cases registered in different police stations of the federal capital.
The plea urges the court to stop the federal government from arrest the PTI chief in those cases, adding that the cases have been registered for political revenge.
On the other hand, the Islamabad High Court has raised objections to Imran Khan’s 7 bail before arrest petitions. The registrar’s office of the Islamabad High Court has raised 2 each objections.
The Registrar’s Office objected that Imran Khan had not done biometrics and how an application could be filed in the High Court before the trial court.
Federal Capital Police Plan
Earlier before Imran khan arrical to court, Islamabad police have finalised a plan to arrest Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers and former prime minister and PTI chief Imran Khan in the federal capital, said sources.
As per details, the persons wanted during March 18 protests will likely be arrested by Islamabad police for which teams have been given tasks.
The Islamabad police spokesman said that the decision was taken in a meeting was held under the chairmanship of IG Islamabad in connection with Imran Khan’s appearance in the court, in which injured DIG operations, SSP operations and other senior officials were present.
Islamabad police have warned of arrests as section 144 is enforced and people with the court’s permission will only be allowed to enter the premises.
In light of court orders, only concerned persons will be allowed to enter the court premises, the police tweeted.
Earlier, the Islamabad police spokesperson had said there was no information regarding Imran Khan’s possible court appearance. He had said, however, that the Islamabad police would make security arrangements in light of court orders.