The Lahore High Court (LHC) approved a 10-day protective bail for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan in three terrorism cases.
On Friday, the LHC approved Imran Khan’s protective bail in terrorism cases registered against him in Lahore and ordered law enforcement officials not to arrest him until March 24.
These matters were heard by the division bench, which is required by law to hear all section 7 ATA cases.
After leaving his Zaman Park residence in convoy, the chairman of the PTI arrived at the LHC to be heard on multiple petitions seeking protective bail to gain access to relevant courts and details of FIRs registered against him.
Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh summoned Imran earlier today. The judge initially requested that the PTI leader appears at 5:30 p.m., but the deadline was extended to 6:30 p.m. due to the slow movement of the PTI leader’s convoy.
Imran appeared before the court for the protective bail petitions he had filed earlier that day.
Before Imran’s arrival, a request was made to the Registrar’s Office for permission for the PTI leader’s vehicle to enter court grounds.
Imran argued in his petitions that he must appear before the concerned courts to grant anticipatory bail and that there is concern that the local police may arrest him based on FIRs lodged against him “to gain certain advantages and the mala fide is palpable.”
He added that he is “humbly requesting” that the LHC grant him protective bail to approach and appear before courts.
Imran also asked the court to “graciously declare the act of concealing the details and particulars of the FIRs lodged against him and other senior leadership of PTI and for not providing copies of the same to the petitioner as illegal, unlawful, unjustified and unconstitutional, in the interest of justice, equity, and fair play.”