The recent development in the ongoing legal cases against former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan have escalated as an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) extended his interim bail. He faces charges in eight different cases.
Imran Khan made an appearance at the Islamabad judicial complex as part of his pending legal proceedings before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Rawalpindi office concerning a £190 million settlement case.
AC Judge Raja Jawad Abbas heard the pre-arrest bail pleas. The prosecutor criticized the extension of interim bail for the former prime minister, asserting that Khan had been neglecting to comply with the investigation in spite of court orders.
While the accused is obliged to partake in the investigation following security interim bail, Khan insists that a leg injury prevents him from doing so. In response to this, Salman Safdar, Imran Khan’s lawyer, argued that his client is charged in over 160 cases, yet remains ready to join the investigation.
He also critiqued the investigation officer’s unwillingness to leave his office. Safdar ensured the court that Khan would provide responses to the questionnaire within three days.
The ATC, after listening to both sides, extended Imran Khan’s interim bail in the eight cases until June 8. The judge also instructed the JIT (Joint Investigation Team) to detail how they would like Imran Khan to partake in the investigation.
To ensure security, additional forces were deployed at both the judicial complex and the NAB office before the PTI chief’s arrival, with measures in place to handle any potential incidents.