PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Monday secured transit bail for three days till August 25 after he filed a pre-arrest bail application in the Islamabad High Court earlier to avoid arrest in a case registered against him under Anti-terrorism Act on Sunday night.
A first information report (FIR) was registered against him for threatening an additional sessions judge and senior police officers of the Islamabad Police at a public rally on Saturday night.
PTI lawyer Faisal Chaudhry and Babar Awan had filed the plea on Imran’s behalf, who maintained in the plea that he is ready to appear before the court whenever summoned.
The plea stated that Imran Khan has no past criminal record and has never been convicted.
“There is no chance of fleeing or damaging evidence presented by the prosecution. Imran Khan is also ready to submit money as surety against his bail,” the plea stated.
However, the IHC registrar’s office has raised three objections over the plea, which are as follows:
- Imran Khan did not undergo bio-metric verification before filing the plea.
- He approached IHC instead of the relevant ATC court.
- He didn’t provide a verified copy of the case.
Meanwhile, IHC decided to take up the plea with objections for hearing. IHC’s division bench, comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani and Justice Babar Sattar heard the petition.
INTERIOR MINISTRY SEEKS PERMISSION FOR ARREST: Meanwhile, the interior ministry has sought permission from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s office to arrest Imran Khan following registration of the case.
The arrest will be made with the consensus of all parties in the ruling alliance.
According to insiders, Imran has left his Bani Gala residence to avoid arrest. It is being reported that he may have left for Lahore or Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
However, PTI leader Faisal Vawda said that he is still at Bani Gala.
Meanwhile, former president Asif Ali Zardari has opposed the arrest of Imran Khan. The PPP co-chairman believes that the arrest will cause “political damage” to the ruling alliance.
On the other hand, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) President Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman did not give a clear viewpoint on Imran Khan’s arrest as PTI leader Murad Saeed claimed on Sunday night that the arrest warrants for Imran Khan had been issued.
POLICE DEPLOYMENT IN BANI GALA: Additional police force has been deployed outside Bani Gala and the road leading to Imran Khan’s residence has also been closed to unauthorised people, allowing only those close to him and the residents of the area to enter.
“Negotiations with Imran Khan are under way, as the PTI leader wants to avoid arrest or house arrest,” said insiders, adding that the authorities have multiple plans to handle the situation with the help of law-enforcement agencies, but were waiting for a green signal from the quarters concerned.
“Imran Khan is seeking the facility to approach the higher judiciary for obtaining relief, but he will have to surrender before the police as the first step,” they said.
THE CASE: The FIR registered against Khan states that he threatened Additional Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry and police officers at a rally in F-9 Park to “terrorise” police officials and judiciary. The main aim of the intimidation was to prevent the police officers and judiciary from carrying out their legal obligations, says the FIR.
The FIR was registered on the complaint of Magistrate Ali Javed in Islamabad’s Margalla Police Station under Section 7 of ATA.