After the Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted Imran Khan bail in various instances, including the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case, hundreds of PTI workers greeted him with a hero’s welcome when he arrived at Zaman Park from Islamabad early on Saturday.
Dancing to the rhythm of drums, a large group of PTI members greeted Imran Khan at his Zaman Park home. Imran Khan arrived at Zaman Park from Islamabad to be met by a sea of rose petals thrown by PTI extremists.
It is worth noting that until Monday, May 15, no law enforcement agency in Pakistan may attempt to apprehend PTI head Imran Khan in connection with any case filed against him anywhere in the country.
The Lahore court eventually released him on temporary bail for ten days related to the pending cases.
The ruling was made by Justices Tariq Mehmood Jehangiri and Ejaz Ishaq Khan, sitting on a two-person bench. This is in addition to the other relief the IHC has granted Mr Khan, such as halting proceedings in the Toshakhana case filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against Mr Khan for allegedly concealing gifts and prohibiting security forces from arresting Mr Khan in any case lodged after May 9.
The murder of Ali Bilal, also known as Zille Shah, was the subject of one of the complaints filed in Lahore. According to the Punjab police, Zille Shah was murdered during PTI protests in Lahore, and Mr Khan and other PTI leaders have been named suspects. On the other hand, the PTI said that police had killed Mr Shah. In four cases, including the murder trial of Zille Shah, Mr Khan had asked the court for protective bail.
Assistance with the Al-Qadir Trust
In the Al-Qadir Trust case, the IHC had earlier granted him bail, delaying any potential arrests until May 17. His appearance before the IHC to request bail comes a day after the Supreme Court ruled that his arrest in the case was “illegal” and ordered him to do so.
The verdict, made by Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz of a division bench, is expected to ease the tension that has gripped the country since the detention of the former prime minister.
The top court declared Imran Khan’s arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust case “illegal” the day before and ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to release PTI chief Imran Khan immediately.
After the PTI challenged the IHC’s decision to provide legal backing for the arrest of Mr Khan, it was heard by a three-member bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial, including Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar.
The court then obligated the PTI leader to obey its order and have Khan appear before the IHC (the court that pronounced Khan’s arrest “legal”) by Friday. The court did not dismiss the warrants for Mr Khan’s arrest but expressed concern over his detention.
The Toshakhana case has been put on hold.
The court has halted further proceedings regarding the ECP’s Toshakhana case against Mr Khan.
Following a petition submitted by the PTI president, IHC president Justice Aamer Farooq ruled that his trial should be moved from the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Humayun Dilawar.
On May 12, after additional sessions judge accused Mr Khan in the Toshakhana case and called three prosecution witnesses to give depositions, and the petition was submitted. The PTI leader’s request to have his case transferred from the trial court was also denied.
Mr Khan’s lawyer, Khawaja Harris, began the session by stating that his client had four applications and that the ECP secretary had no authority to forward the Toshakhana matter to the trial court. He said that the ECP had broken the law by filing the complaint and that it was impossible for the ECP to file the complaint after the deadline.
With Imran Khan’s upcoming presence in another case, the chief justice of the IHC remarked, “It seems curfew has been imposed” about the increased security around the high court.
Later, Mr Harris urged the chief justice to halt the Toshakhana case. The IHC agreed and ordered the trial to be put on hold pending its decision on the PTI plea. The court hearing was eventually postponed until June 8.
The PTI protests have prompted the army to intervene.
Protests broke out nationwide soon after his detention, leaving four dead and twenty-seven injured in Peshawar alone. Protesters have burned and damaged public property in several cities around Pakistan, including Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Quetta.
The political administrations in Punjab, KP, Balochistan, and Islamabad all called on the Pakistan Army to help preserve peace and order after the violent protests.