Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan is expected to appear in the Lahore High Court on Monday for a hearing on his bail application in a case related to violent protests outside the Election Commission.
Activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf protested after 70-year-old Khan was disqualified by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) last year in a banned funding case.
Pakistani media reports said Khan is expected to appear in court for a hearing on his bail application in the matter.
Justice Tariq Salim Sheikh is hearing the case.
Ahead of the hearing, a large number of police personnel were deployed at the main gate of the LHC.
An anti-terrorism court in Islamabad had last week rejected Khan’s request for extension of his interim bail in a case related to violent protests outside the ECP.
Judge Raja Jawad Abbas of the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad said Khan was given enough time to appear before the court but he failed to do so, while his lawyer Babar Awan urged the court to grant him outright exemption. requested. Appearing in person because Khan had not recovered from a gun attack the previous year.
The judge refused to accept the plea and ordered that Khan should appear saying that the court cannot grant any relief to a “powerful person” like Khan which is not given to a common man.
Finally, the judge refused to extend the interim bail, leaving the cricketer-turned-politician, who survived an assassination attempt in November last year, vulnerable to police arrest.
The PTI leadership had asked party workers, including the ECP, to protest across the country after Khan was disqualified for hiding the party’s funding details.
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