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Pak court grants Imran Khan pre-arrest bail in terror case

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Former Pakistan Minister Imran Khan on Thursday secured an interim pre-arrest bail plea in the terror case filed against him for threatening a sessions judge during a public rally, after he appeared before an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad. 

Security was beefed up at the Federal Judicial Complex where Khan appeared, the Dawn newspaper reported. 

A case was registered against the PTI chairman under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act for his threatening remarks against the judge and capital police at a rally in Islamabad on August 20, the report added. 

On Wednesday, Imran Khan chaired a meeting of the party’s legal committee where 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.

Earlier on August 20, the PTI chief had staged a rally in Islamabad to express solidarity with his chief of staff, Shahbaz Gill, after claims of torture in custody.

He warned the Islamabad inspector-general and deputy inspector-general that he would “not spare” them, vowing to file cases against them for subjecting Gill to alleged inhuman torture, Geo News reported. 

Earlier, Imran’s lawyers filed a petition seeking pre-arrest bail on his behalf in a terrorism case registered for ‘threatening’ a female judge and senior police officers in a public rally. 

The pre-arrest bail plea contended the case was based on “surmises and conjectures” and that no evidence was available on record against Imran in connection with the case. It also contended that there was no “direct or indirect” evidence available on record against Imran in the case. 

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