In the most recent instance of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and EX-PM Imran Khan enjoying blanket relief from the country’s court, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday extended its orders against his arrest in further instances till May 31.
The development occurred during the hearing of the PTI’s request for details on all cases filed against Imran Khan, who is accused of being involved in more than 100.
The federal government, represented by the additional attorney general for Pakistan, the advocate general for Pakistan, and the state counsel, asked the court for more time to disclose details about the PTI chief’s charges.
The court granted their motion and deferred the hearing until May 31.
On May 12, the cricketer-turned-politician received blanket relief from various IHC benches, which not only blocked the authorities from detaining him but also postponed his trial in the Toshakhana case until the second week of June.
The court also granted the former prime minister protective bail in three terrorism cases filed against him in Lahore, as well as the Zille Shah murder case.
On the same day, a separate IHC bench granted Khan bail in the Al-Qadir Trust case, for which he was imprisoned, for two weeks, after the Supreme Court ruled that his arrest was “invalid and unlawful.” It had barred police from detaining the PTI head in any case reported in Islamabad after May 9 until May 17.
On Tuesday (May 9), paramilitary forces arrested Khan from the IHC headquarters, sparking violent protests across the country. The former prime minister promptly requested his release from the court, but it ruled that his detention was valid.
Since being deposed in April, Khan has waged a tumultuous campaign for emergency elections, launching unprecedented attacks on the coalition government and military, whom he blames for deposing him.
He has accused the senior military and government officials of plotting his assassination in November, during which he was shot in the leg during a rally.
IHC orders release of Maleeka Bukhari, Ali Muhammad Khan
In a second case, the IHC pronounced PTI officials Maleeka Bukhari and Ali Muhammad Khan’s arrest “null and void.”
Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb ordered the lawmakers’ immediate release.