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Imran Khan terrorism case: Pak anti-terrorism court extends interim bail to former PM

After a brief argument on Khan failing to appear before a joint investigation team (JIT) formed by the Islamabad Police to probe the matter despite three notices, the court postponed the hearing till September 20 and extended the former premier's post-arrest bail till that date.

PTI Reported By: PTI New Delhi Published on: September 12, 2022 19:07 IST
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, center, arrives
Image Source : PTI Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, center, arrives to the Islamabad High Court surrounded by journalists and security in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Imran Khan on Monday appeared before an anti-terrorism court here which extended the interim bail to the ousted Pakistan prime minister till September 20 in a terrorism case registered against him for threatening police, judiciary and other state institutions during a rally in the capital last month.

Khan arrived at the Islamabad ATC amid tight security and the proceedings commenced under Judge Raja Jawed Hasan Abbas who heard the case presented by lawyer Babar Awan.

After a brief argument on Khan failing to appear before a joint investigation team (JIT) formed by the Islamabad Police to probe the matter despite three notices, the court postponed the hearing till September 20 and extended the former premier's post-arrest bail till that date.

During a rally in Islamabad last month, 69-year-old Khan had threatened to file cases against top police officials, election commission and political opponents over the treatment meted out to his aide Shahbaz Gill, who was arrested on charges of sedition.

He had also taken exception to Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry, who had approved Gill’s two-day physical remand at the request of the Capital Territory Police, and said she should "prepare herself as action would be taken against her''.

Hours after the speech, Khan was booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act for threatening police, judiciary and other state institutions at his rally.

The anti-terrorism court on August 25 had granted bail to the PTI chief till September 1 against a surety of Rs 100,000. On September 1, the court extended the bail till September 12.

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