Imran Khan appears in person in Islamabad court amid heightened security

ISLAMABAD: Amid heightened security, former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan appeared in person in court here on Thursday which resumed hearing on his motion in seven different cases.
by khan Pakistan Tehre ek-e-Insaaf (PTI) shared a video on Twitter showing the 70-year-old former cricketer-turned-politician’s car surrounded by his supporters making their way through tight security to reach the entrance to the Islamabad High Court.
Security had been tightened around the court ahead of the appearance of Khan who flew to the federal capital from Lahore this morning to secure a provisional bond. Barbed wire and containers were also placed to ensure law and order in the area.
Khan appeared before a two-member bench of the Islamabad High Court headed by Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, who had warned him that he could cancel his interim bail due to his persistent absence from the hearings.
On April 18, the IHC extended Khan’s bail in eight cases – including those involving violence outside the federal court complex – until May 3. On Wednesday, the court granted him a one-day extension for bail pleas in nine cases.
Khan’s party released a short video statement from the party chairman as he left for Islamabad.
“(We) respect the courts, so will appear [before the court] despite the pain and swelling in the leg,” said Khan, who was sitting in a wheelchair to be moved to the car. He said he was not like “those who make propaganda against the judges” if they don’t get a favorable ruling,” Geo TV reported.
Khan claimed that he informed the Lahore High Court that a bid had been made to assassinate him.
“Once in Wazirabad and the second time in the court complex on March 18,” he said and urged people to take to the streets in solidarity with Pakistan’s Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial.
“The Mafia is hard on the Chief Justice,” he said, adding that “the Mafia” had split the Supreme Court (SC) and flouted the Constitution.
He also criticized the government in place for “running away from the elections” which were to be held within 90 days of the dissolution of the assemblies.
Relations between the judiciary and the ruling coalition have deteriorated since the government led by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party lobbied for the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Bill 2023 to deprive the Office of the Chief Justice has powers to take suo motu opinions on an individual basis and form a panel of judges to hear cases.


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