Pakistan terrorism court grants bail prior to Imran Khan’s arrest

LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court here on Friday approved Imran Khan’s bail until June 2 in three terrorism cases filed against the former Pakistani prime minister following violence that erupted after his arrest on June 9 may.
Khan, 70, appeared at the Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) amid tight security after receiving clearance for his vehicle to enter court premises.
According to a court official, the ATC granted Pakistani leader Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) bail until June 2 in three terrorism cases, including the high-profile attack on Jinnah House, and bailed him out. ordered to join the police investigation. .
Khan assured the court that he would join the investigation, the official said.
Earlier, Khan said everyone condemned the attack on army facilities and demanded an investigation into it.
When asked why he had not yet issued a statement condemning the attack on the senior army officer’s house in Lahore, he replied: “I have already done so… who does not condemn the attack on Jinnah House Lahore? Tell me one person in Pakistan who doesn’t.
He said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led coalition government wanted to eliminate his PTI party from mainstream politics by pitting it against the Pakistan Army.
In a video-linked address from his Zaman Park residence here on Wednesday, Khan said Pakistan was headed for impending doom and could face disintegration.
Khan’s arrest on May 9 by Pakistani Rangers paramilitaries at the High Court premises in Islamabad sparked unrest in Pakistan. For the first time in Pakistan’s history, protesters stormed the army headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi and also burned down the house of a corps commander in Lahore.
Police have killed 10 people in violent clashes while Khan’s party says 40 of its staff lost their lives in gunfire from security personnel.
On Monday, the military’s top brass pledged to bring the arsonists, who attacked civilian and military installations, to justice through a trial under the country’s relevant laws, including the Pakistani army and Official Secrets Act.
Law enforcement arrested more than 7,000 PTI workers across Pakistan, including 4,000 from Punjab.
Meanwhile, Lahore police say they arrested 14 “terrorists” who were trying to flee Khan’s residence in Zaman Park.
“Police arrested on Thursday and Friday 14 terrorists wanted in the attack on Jinnah House and Askari Tower,” Punjab Information Minister Amir Mir said Friday.
He said some 400 police could enter Khan’s home in Zaman Park to search for other terrorists.
On Wednesday, the provincial government had given Khan a 24-hour deadline to hand over 30 to 40 terrorists allegedly holed up in his home.
The police surrounded his home and blocked all roads leading to it.
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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