September 27, 2022

Khan was charged underneath the nation’s anti-terrorism regulation for remarks made in opposition to senior police officers and a decide.

Islamabad, Pakistan – Imran Khan’s bail in a terrorism case has been prolonged till September 12.

The chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) social gathering was charged underneath the nation’s anti-terrorism legal guidelines for remarks made in a speech on August 20 in opposition to senior police officers and a member of the judiciary.

On the first listening to on August 25, Khan was granted bail till September 1 by Choose Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan. The decide directed Khan to seem in particular person on Thursday.

Courtroom proceedings will resume on September 12 and arguments shall be offered by either side.

A senior PTI official, Asad Umar, criticised the federal government on Thursday for submitting prison instances in opposition to the previous prime minister.

“They’ve realised it’s unattainable to face him politically. So now they’re making an attempt to place false fees in opposition to him,” Umar mentioned.

Former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan
The cricket star-turned-politician faces mounting authorized challenges after his August 20 speech [Aamir Qureshi/AFP]

Authorized challenges

Following the toppling of his authorities in April, Khan held a number of giant rallies throughout which he criticised his political opponents, state establishments, safety forces and so-called “neutrals” – a time period usually used to explain Pakistan’s highly effective navy institution.

However the cricket star-turned-politician confronted mounting authorized challenges after his August 20 speech, for criticising the police and the decide.

The identical speech additionally resulted in Khan being charged with contempt of court docket and illegal meeting. Khan has denied he threatened the officers, saying his phrases had been taken out of context.

On Wednesday, he was given one other probability by the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom to supply a “supplementary” response concerning the contempt of court docket case.

A ban on reside TV broadcasts of Khan’s speeches was additionally suspended on Monday because the court docket dominated the state’s media regulator “exceeded its authority”.

The fees in opposition to Khan got here after he spoke about police “torture” of an aide who faces sedition fees for inciting mutiny within the navy. Police have denied the accusations.

Political tensions in Pakistan stay excessive as Khan rallies assist for elections that aren’t due till October subsequent 12 months.

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