A Pakistani high court on Tuesday extended until June 8 bail for former Prime Minister Imran Khan in two cases of incitement to violence and sedition.
A single bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has heard pleas in cases involving allegations against senior officials of state institutions and the mistreatment of the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Mohsin Ranjha by Khan’s followers.
Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, after hearing arguments from the lawyers, has extended Pakistan leader Tehreek-e-Insaf’s bail until June 8. The extension was granted after the court also granted the former prime minister a waiver from appearing in court for the day.
Judge Farooq also inquired about the recording of a first information report relating to Khan’s arrest made from the premises of the court. The Attorney General responded that a Supreme Court verdict was pending in the case.
Last week, the IHC granted 70-year-old Khan bail, barring authorities from arresting him in any cases registered after May 9 and asking him to approach the Lahore High Court for additional help on May 15.
Khan has been involved in dozens of cases since he was ousted from power in April last year. He alleged that all of the cases were politically motivated.
Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday reserved the verdict on Khan’s motion for bail in all cases filed against him in Punjab province after his arrest in the Al Qadir Trust case the last week which sparked violent protests from his supporters.
In the Al Qadir Trust case, in which the National Accountability Bureau arrested the former cricketer-turned-politician on May 9, the IHC granted him two weeks’ bail before his arrest.
The Supreme Court declared Khan’s arrest at the IHC premises unlawful and referred the case to the IHC.
Khan was ousted from power in April last year after losing a vote of no confidence in his leadership, which he said was part of a US-led plot targeting him because of its independent foreign policy decisions on Russia, China and Afghanistan.
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