Court extends Imran’s bail in vandalism cases

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The court had granted interim bail to Khan in 10 cases on June 24, against the surety of Rs 5,000 in each case…reports Asian Lite News

 A local court in Islamabad on Wednesday extended till July 18 the interim bail of the PTI Chairman Imran Khan in vandalism cases during the party’s “long march” on May 25.

Imran Khan did not appear in person unlike in previous hearing.

PTI’s lawyer sought extension of interim bail from the Additional and Sessions court on Imran Khan’s behalf, which was granted, Geo News reported.

Earlier, on June 24, the court had granted bail to Imran Khan in 10 cases, against surety of Rs 5,000 in each case.

The court had granted interim bail to Khan in 10 cases on June 24, against the surety of Rs 5,000 in each case.

At least 15 cases had been registered against Imran Khan in different police stations.

Around 11 PTI leaders were booked in a case pertaining to violence at the Kohsar police station in which the court had reserved its verdict.

The PTI leaders who have been granted pre-arrest bail include former planning minister Asad Umar, ex-deputy speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri, Senator Faisal Javed, former interior minister Sheikh Rasheed, ex-defence minister Pervez Khatak, PTI Vice-President Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Shehryar Afridi, Ali Mohammad Khan, Sheraz Basharat, Raja Khurram Nawaz and Murad Saeed, among others.

Imran threatens to reveal secrets

Imran Khan on Tuesday threatened to reveal the elements involved in the alleged “foreign conspiracy” that led to his exit from power, stating that it would harm the national interests.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief was ousted through a vote of no-confidence in April. Since his ouster from power, he has continued to claim that there was a “foreign conspiracy” by the United States and the then opposition.

In a video message from Islamabad, Imran Khan said that he has recorded a video which involves information about those who have committed “treason” against the country.

“I am quiet for the sake of my country as I don’t want it to be harmed,” said the former Pakistan prime minister, adding that the video will be released as soon as something happens to him.

He said cases of corruption have been registered against the party leaders to shut them up.

“This country is moving towards fascism and anarchy,” he said. Later in a tweet, Khan added, “We are living in Pakistan Under Fascism; Elections are the only solution to this chaos!”

His warning came the same day as Pakistan journalist Imran Riaz Khan was arrested on the outskirts of Islamabad, hours after he claimed that his life was under threat.

Khan was heading to Islamabad when he was arrested in connection with a treason case registered against him in Attock, Pakistan’s Dawn.com reported. He was named in 17 treason cases across Punjab province, the report said.

In a pre-recorded video on his popular video channel, he said, “This video is being recorded for the time of my arrest. They may kill me. After a gap of five hours, if they will harm me, then I will upload such a video on my channel that will cause a furore. I will name everyone. Just wait for 5 hours.”

He also posted on Twitter condemning the “fascist regime” in Pakistan. “Many of us r facing cases just because of our journalism. 20 cases on me. Where is democracy and freedom of speech.”

Imran Khan condemned the arbitrary arrest and said Pakistan is descending into fascism.

“I strongly condemn the arbitrary arrest of @ImranRiazKhan by Punjab police tonight. The country is descending into fascism just to make our nation accept an Imported Govt comprising mega crooks. It is time for everyone, esp the media, to unite & stand up against this fascism,” Khan tweeted.

Several cases have been lodged against journalists in Pakistan for cases involving the army and state institutions. This latest arrest comes in the backdrop of a growing crackdown on journalists in Pakistan. (IANS/ANI)

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