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Lahore ATC grants Imran Khan pre-arrest bail in 3 cases

  • Directs PTI chairman to become part of the investigation
Published May 19, 2023
Security personnel escort a vehicle carrying former Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan as he arrives to appear before the Lahore anti-terrorism court in Lahore on May 19, 2023. Photo: AFP
Security personnel escort a vehicle carrying former Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan as he arrives to appear before the Lahore anti-terrorism court in Lahore on May 19, 2023. Photo: AFP

The Lahore anti-terrorism court (ATC) granted on Friday pre-arrest bail to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in three cases.

The ATC granted him bail till June 2 and also directed the PTI chairman to become a part of the investigation in the cases.

One of the cases was regarding the attack on the Lahore Corps Commander House as part of the protests that erupted after Imran’s arrest on May 9, and the other is to do with the murder of PTI activist Zille Shah, who died during a rally in Lahore in March.

Barrister Salman Safdar had filed the pleas on behalf of the former PM, which urged the court to grant Imran bail so that he could join the investigations.

Earlier, the PTI posted a video showing the PTI chief leaving for the ATC.

‘Plan made to eliminate PTI through army’

On Thursday, the former PM said that no one should have the misconception that he would back off due to pressure.

He claimed that a plan was made to eliminate the PTI through the army. “Efforts were being made to pitch the PTI against the army and the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was behind this, which is very dangerous for the country.

Since the coalition rulers could not compete with us in elections, they were playing this game to prolong their rule,’’ he said.

“Ultimately, the democracy is being threatened,” he added.

He recalled that a similar situation was created in 1971 when one particular politician created a wedge between the most popular political party (Awami League of Mujibur Rahman) and the army, which led to the dismemberment of the country.

He said that no one wants to fight with their own army, adding “fighting the army means losing the country.”

According to him, he has no issues with the military establishment, but he does not know why it was against him and what has angered them.


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Jani Walker May 19, 2023 12:54pm
Why don't they bring this daily drama bazi to an end by locking him up and throwing away the key. They now know that the judiciary can be brow beaten so there is nothing to fear.
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Abdullah May 19, 2023 01:08pm
season of bails
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Love Your Country May 19, 2023 01:19pm
Fitna Khan is dragging the country into chaos.
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Safinaz May 19, 2023 02:22pm
@Jani Walker, Getting good bonuses these days from your masters , aren't you.
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Jani Walker May 19, 2023 03:09pm
@Safinaz, Yep. I will have enough to retire soon. Hope your hooking is prospering.
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Tulukan Mairandi May 19, 2023 03:20pm
One Niazi broke the country in 1971. Another Niazi will do the same in 2023.
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Sajid ali May 19, 2023 03:22pm
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BK May 19, 2023 06:31pm
@Tulukan Mairandi, sorry to see that you cannot see the truth. Its the army! They broke the country in the past and are pushing us for another round of the same. They have been in charge of the country directly or indirectly for last 75 years and the result is in front of you. They need to stop meddling in politics and civilian affairs. THE ARMY IS SOLEY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF PAKISTAN. THIER ELITES ARE THE BIGGEST TRAITORS OF OUR NATION. SHAME ON ALL THE CORRUPT GENERALS!
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BK May 19, 2023 06:32pm
@Jani Walker, Wow! Stooping so low in your response! No wonder you are a supporter of the status quo...
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Mairaj H May 20, 2023 12:47am
@BK, the army is literally the most organized thing in Pakistan along with the motorways. I believe in democracy but it's not just them. Imran khan Should have waited until October -- he would have won by landslide and he needs to stop liking Russia. Russia threatened to bomb Pak during soviet era, has maimed millions of Muslims, and is just a nation run by goons. Pakistan has no resources so it can't become some despotic state.
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