Imran Khan gets interim bail in all cases; IHC bars PTI Chairman’s arrest till May 17

Imran Khan at Islamabad High Court

Islamabad High Court (IHC) has granted interim bail in the Al-Qadir Trust case to former prime minister Imran Khan for a period of two weeks.

Additionally, the court mandated that no additional arrests be made until May 17 in any case.

PTI Chairman’s attorney Khawaja Haris said that Imran Khan was presented the investigation report following the detention on May 9. He added that he will submit a petition alleging the PTI leader was detained illegally.

The court has granted bail in all cases. Earlier, Islamabad High Court accepted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan’s bail for two-week in connection to the Al-Qadir case a day after the Supreme Court deemed Imran Khan’s detention from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) grounds “invalid and unlawful.”

The hearing was held in courtroom 2 by a division bench consisting of Justices Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Saman Rafat Imtiaz.

Imran’s attorneys submitted four additional petitions asking the IHC to combine all of the cases against him and order the authorities to disclose specifics of the charges brought against him.

The hearing finally started after a delay of about two hours caused by the media’s claim that security checks were being conducted outside the courthouse.

However, due to Friday prayers, the case came to an abrupt end not long after they started at 1 pm.

Imran was present in the courtroom with his legal team when the hearing resumed after 2:30 p.m. Imran’s attorney Khawaja Haris made his points.

Haris argued before the court that the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) action was unlawful. He asserted that the investigation had to be formally transformed into an investigation before NAB could issue an arrest warrant.

According to him, media reports were how the PTI learned that the NAB had formally opened an investigation into Imran. He added that the PTI leader had gone to the IHC on May 9 to request the NAB report about the investigation, but was detained before reaching the courtroom.

The petitioner was questioned if he received a questionnaire related to the matter at one point during the hearing, and Haris responded in the negative.

The court stated that it would determine whether or not to terminate or extend Imran’s bail at the following hearing and ordered the NAB prosecutor general and Imran’s attorneys to be prepared.

In connection with the aforementioned case, which contends that Imran and his wife fraudulently acquired billions of rupees and hundreds of kanals of land from Bahria Town, paramilitary troops arrested Imran from the IHC grounds on Tuesday, sparking violent protests across the nation.