ISLAMABAD: Extra security has been deployed at the Federal Judicial Complex where former prime minister and PTI chief Imran Khan is likely to appear to get pre-arrest bail on Thursday (today) in a terrorism case registered against him for threatening additional district and sessions judge Zeba Chaudhry and the Islamabad police chief.

Earlier this week, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani of the Islamabad High Court had granted Mr Khan protective bail till August 25.

PTI leader and lawyer Babar Awan said Imran Khan would personally approach an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Thursday for bail in the case registered against him by the government.

Last week, a first investigation report (FIR) was registered against the PTI chairman at the Margalla police station under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act for his threatening remarks the woman judge and capital police at the party’s Islamabad rally on Aug 20.

In a video message shared on PTI’s Twitter on Wednesday, Mr Awan said Imran Khan had chaired a meeting of the party’s legal committee earlier in the day and 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.

Petition seeks Imran’s disqualification

Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court on Wednesday adjourned till September-end a petition seeking disqualification of PTI chairman Imran Khan for concealing his daughter in his nomination papers submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

IHC acting Chief Justice Aamer Farooq asked petitioner Mohammad Sajid to present more arguments as he could not satisfy the court over maintainability of the petition.

The petitioner had contended that the PTI chief did not meet eligibility criteria under Articles 61 and 62 of the Constitution, requesting the court to declare him disqualified as member of the National Assembly.

Published in Dawn, August 25th, 2022

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