The Lahore High Court (LHC) deferred its decision on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s appeal for pre-arrest bail in all cases filed against him since May 9 — the day he was arrested in the Al-Qadir Trust case — on Tuesday.
Several cases had been filed against the former prime minister following riots that erupted following his incarceration in the infamous land corruption case.
The court enquired about the absence of the PTI leader at the start of the session.
In response to the question, Khan’s lawyer stated that he would be in court at 11 a.m. Khan, on the other hand, is yet to come.
The interim government of Punjab’s lawyer objected to the bail request, claiming it was inadmissible.
“Imran Khan hasn’t even appeared in court and is seeking protective bail,” said the lawyer.
Khan’s counsel responded by claiming that the PTI head was requesting pre-arrest bail as well as protection bail. He asked the court to transfer the matter to a larger bench.
The former prime minister, who had been imprisoned for three days in the land corruption case, filed the petition on Saturday, a day after being released on bail by the Islamabad High Court (IHC), against all fresh cases filed against him.
“I am being politically persecuted.” “I face arrest because police have nominated me in several cases,” the plea claimed.
The Punjab inspector general and advocate general have been named as respondents in the case by the PTI chief.
Khan was arrested last week while getting his biometrics done at the IHC. On the directives of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), heavy Rangers forces apprehended the former cricket star and carried him away in a black Rivo.
Following the event, which proved to be a watershed moment in the country’s restive politics, thousands of supporters and PTI employees flocked to the streets to protest.
Workers clashed with police across the country, as well as destruction and attacks on state property and important sites like as General Headquarters and the Lahore Corps Commander House.
The dramatic narrative also heightened tensions between Khan and the incumbent administration, with multiple complaints filed against Khan and other PTI leaders for suspected role in inciting the riots.