Hours before his arrest, former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was released on bail in several cases

ISLAMABAD: A counter-terrorism court in Pakistan on Tuesday approved former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s interim release requests on several counts, hours before the PTI leader was arrested at the Islamabad High Court by Rangers paramilitaries.
ATC Judge Raja Jawad Abbas heard Pakistan Party Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader’s bail applications in cases relating to the March 18 violence outside the court complex federal here and approved Khan’s bail for bonds worth PKR 50,000 in all seven cases, Dawn reports the newspaper.
The 70-year-old former prime minister was arrested by paramilitary Rangers on Tuesday while at the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for hearing in a corruption case, a day after he was clashed with the country’s mighty military for allegedly instigating a plot to kill him.
“Mr Khan has been arrested in a land transfer case to property tycoon Malik Riaz and is being handed over to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB),” a NAB official confirmed to PTI.
The cricketer-turned-politician on Tuesday asked the IHC to grant him provisional bail in a separate case registered against him for breaching Section 144 by staging a rally in Islamabad without the required permission, according to the report.
Police have filed a complaint against the PTI leader and other party leaders for holding a rally in Islamabad on Saturday without permission.
Khan also complained to the IHC on Tuesday against the Islamabad Police for not helping him join the ongoing investigations against him.
According to a petition filed through his lawyer Salman Safdar, Khan has written to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad, the Attorney General and an additional Attorney General to include him in the investigations, but to no avail, as he received no response, the report said.
More than 120 cases have been registered against Khan since he was removed from office in a motion of no confidence in April last year. He calls all the cases bogus, instituted to keep him out of the political arena.
The petition said the head of the PTI wanted to be included in the investigation, but “the security agencies had become tools of the government”, according to the report.
He added that despite repeated letters, Khan had not received the necessary device to join the investigation.
Currently, Khan is facing more than 140 terrorism-related cases, blasphemymurder, violence and incitement to violence.
PTI leader Khan was ousted in April 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.
Khan, who came to power in 2018, is the only Pakistani prime minister to have been ousted in a vote of no confidence in parliament.


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