Former PM Imran Khan gets interim bail in terrorism case from Islamabad ATC

An Islamabad anti-terrorism court on Thursday granted PTI chief Imran Khan interim bail in a case registered against him for his controversial remarks about a female judge during a rally in the capital last week.

Judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan granted the bail till September 1 against a surety of Rs100,000.

Imran’s bail plea was filed in the court today prior to his arrival, with the petitioner contending that the terrorism case against the PTI chief was registered by police
as an “act of revenge”.

Women police are deployed outside the Federal Judicial Complex in Islamabad ahead PTI chief Imran Khan’s arrival to appear before an anti-terrorism court on Thursday. — DawnNewsTV

Security was tightened around the Federal Judicial Complex, where the hearing was held, with police and Frontier Corps personnel deployed at the site, the correspondent in the capital said. Roads in the complex’s surroundings have also been blocked.

The PTI, meanwhile, called on supporters to “come out on the streets and then head to Islamabad the next day” if Imran is taken into custody. “Clear directions from the party given!”

It also added a hashtag in Urdu, which says “Imran Khan is our red line”.

The hearing

public rally in Islamabad a day earlier.

At the rally, he had warned the judiciary against its “biased” attitude towards his party, saying that it should brace itself for the consequences.

The former prime minister had also warned additional district and sessions judge Zeba Chaudhry, who had approved the two-day physical remand of his aide Shahbaz Gill’s on the request of the capital police in a sedition case, that she, too, would face dire consequences.

Moreover, the PTI chief had threatened to file cases against Islamabad’s inspector general of police and deputy inspector general of police, saying, “We won’t spare you.”

On Monday, the Islamabad High Court granted him protective bail for three days with the direction to seek bail from the sessions court before the expiry of the three-day period.