Anti-terror and banking courts approve Imran Khan’s interim bail

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Two different courts in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad accepted the bail plea of Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan after he appeared in the courts in cases of protests against the banned funding and the Election Commission’s decision.

Imran Khan reached Islamabad from Lahore on Tuesday to appear in the hearing in the judicial complex of Islamabad and along with him a large number of his party workers were also present in the judicial complex.

Though security arrangements were made on the occasion, the party workers broke through the security cordon and entered the judicial complex building. When Banking Court Judge Rakshanda Shaheen heard the restricted funding case, the special prosecutor requested to cancel the bail of the former prime minister.

Significantly, on August 2, 2022, the Election Commission of Pakistan, while giving its verdict on the funding case pending since 2014 against PTI, said that it has been proved that Tehreek-e-Insaf had received restricted funding.

On October 11, the FIA registered a case of banned funding against 11 people including Imran Khan. According to the FIR, the accused violated the Foreign Exchange Act and called for funds in private bank accounts.

During the hearing, Imran Khan’s lawyer Salman Safdar started the arguments and said that the case was filed in 2022 with a delay of 10 years, in which the government had filed the case, not the affected party. He said that Imran Khan has been accused of misuse of interim bail.

Salman Safdar said that “the investigating officer will now allege that Imran Khan was not involved in the investigation, I want to tell the court how hard Imran Khan tried to join the investigation.”

After the arguments of the parties, the judge reserved the decision and after some time while pronouncing the decision, he accepted the interim bail application.

Earlier, the Anti-Terrorism Court had granted interim bail to the former Prime Minister in the case of protesting against the decision of the Election Commission and interfering in the government.

Imran Khan appeared in the court of Judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hasan on Tuesday afternoon, where after the hearing, the court ordered him to be granted bail till March 9.