At least 400 security personnel, including Rangers, have been deployed around Judicial Complex in Islamabad as PTI Chairman Imran Khan will likely appear before an anti-terrorism court (ATC) to seek pre-arrest bail on Thursday (today) in a terror case filed against him for threatening Additional Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry during a public rally.
Imran will appear in person before the court where ATC judge Raja Jawwad Abbas will hear his plea.
For today’s hearing, strict security arrangements have been made. All roads leading to the complex have been blocked using barbed wires and irrelevant persons have been restricted to enter the vicinity. Moreover, an armoured vehicle is also present outside the court.
PTI leader and lawyer Babar Awan said Imran Khan would personally approach an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Thursday for bail in the case registered against him by the government.
In a video message shared on PTI’s Twitter on Wednesday, Mr Awan said Imran Khan had chaired a meeting of the party’s legal committee earlier in the day and it was decided that an application seeking the ex-prime minister’s bail would be filed in the ATC Islamabad.
“Imran Khan will go there himself. God willing, we will all go together tomorrow,” he said.
The PTI chairman had staged a rally in the federal capital on August 20 to express solidarity with his chief of staff Shahbaz Gill after claims of torture on him in custody. He warned the additional sessions judge who sent Gill into physical remand on the police’s request to brace herself for consequences.
An FIR was registered against him under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act at the Margalla police station for threatening the judge and other senior officers of the Islamabad Police during the rally.
A day after the registration of a case against him, Imran secured transit bail till August 25 from the Islamabad High Court which directed him to approach the relevant forum for pre-arrest bail.
The PTI chief had warned in his address that he would “not spare” Islamabad’s inspector-general, deputy inspector general, and magistrate, vowing to file cases against them for torturing Gill.
DISQUALIFICATION: Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court on Wednesday adjourned till September-end a petition seeking disqualification of Imran Khan for concealing his daughter in his nomination papers submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan.
IHC acting Chief Justice Aamer Farooq asked petitioner Mohammad Sajid to present more arguments as he could not satisfy the court over maintainability of the petition.
The petitioner had contended that the PTI chief did not meet eligibility criteria under Articles 61 and 62 of the Constitution, requesting the court to declare him disqualified as member of the National Assembly.