An anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on Thursday extended the interim bail of PTI Chairman Imran Khan till September 12 in the terrorism case pertaining to his controversial remarks about the female sessions court judge Zeba Chaudhry and the capital city police.
The court directed the ex-prime minister to submit Rs100,000 as surety against the bail.
Imran appeared before the court in person in response to summons issued to him by the court. He had obtained pre-arrest bail in the case till September 1.
When the proceedings were resumed by ATC judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan in the morning, Imran wasn’t present.
His counsel Babar Awan apprised the judge that his client’s life was in danger, hence he did not appear before the court. He maintained that Islamabad police issued a threat alert about a possible attack on Imran.
He pleaded with the court to grant interim bail to his client.
The judge remarked that “only those who come to court get bail. There is no such example that a suspected is granted bail without appearing in court.”
Meanwhile, Babar Awan filed a written application in the court seeking interim bail for Imran. He told the court that four more charges have been added to the FIR. He pleaded with the court to grant him bail in the new clauses as well.
Addressing the prosecutor, the ATC judge noted that Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 (7-ATA) is added to the FIR only when a crime is committed.
“You have to prove which Kalashnikov was used in the attack and the attack was carried out by wearing which suicide jacket,” asked the judge.
The judge remarked that he would hear the arguments on the bail plea today.
At this, the prosecutor said that bring the suspect to the court first then they will start arguments.
‘APPEAR IN PERSON’: Earlier, the court summoned Imran and took a break till 12 noon. He was in the court when the hearing resumed.
His counsel Babar Awan apprised the court that his client has appeared in the courtroom in compliance with the court’s orders.
Starting his arguments, Babar asked, “Did Imran Khan give life threats to anybody? Did he order anybody to set anything on fire?”
At this, the court extended interim bail in all the charges filed against him. It directed the lawyers to wrap up their arguments at the next hearing and adjourned the proceedings till September 12.
Speaking outside the court, Babar said that the party has submitted two written responses to the court.
“I told the court that if anything happens to my client, the government, IG, DIG Islamabad will be responsible,” he said.
“They are withdrawing security from Khan sahab, and moreover, no police from any province can be present with him here,” he added.
He said that he has submitted a threat letter to the court, received at Bani Gala, which stated the intention of some people who want to kill the PTI chairman.
THE CASE: A case was registered against the former prime minister under the Anti-Terrorism Act for threatening the additional sessions judge and senior officers of the Islamabad Police during a public rally.
The party moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) where Imran managed to secure a transit bail till August 25, but was asked to approach the ATC as the case was terrorism-related.
The FIR registered against Imran states that he threatened Additional Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry and police officers at a rally in F-9 Park to “terrorise” police officials and the judiciary.
The main aim was to prevent the police officers and judiciary from carrying out their legal obligations, states the FIR.
The FIR was registered on the complaint of Magistrate Ali Javed in Islamabad’s Margalla Police Station under Section 7 of ATA.
During the rally at the F-9 park in Islamabad, Imran warned that he would “not spare” Islamabad’s inspector-general, deputy inspector general, and the female magistrate, vowing to file cases against them for “torturing” Gill.
“We will not spare the IG and DIG,” he said, while addressing the gathering.