Pakistan: Interim bail of ex-PM Imran Khan in ‘Azadi March’ cases extended till July 30

Imran Khan

File picture: Imran Khan

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  • Imran Khan’s march for “haqeeqi azadi” took place on May 25
  • A number of cases were filed at multiple police stations across Islamabad against Imran and other party leaders over allegations of vandalism
  • “The government has made Pakistan a police state,” said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in a tweet
Islamabad: An Islamabad district and sessions court on Thursday extended the interim bail of former Pakistan prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan till July 30 in 11 cases related to violence and damage to public property during the party’s ‘Azadi March’ held in May.

As a result of the FIRs registered against him, Imran Khan had applied for pre-arrest bail.

Imran Khan’s “Azadi March” took place on May 25. His party later claimed that the government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif reportedly used force against protestors during the event. However, the Pakistan government alleged that the PTI supporters had set fires in the green belts adjacent to the main roads of Islamabad on May 25.

A number of cases were registered at various police stations across Islamabad against Imran and other party leaders over allegations of vandalism, reported Dawn.

The Islamabad Police had told the Supreme Court that on that day, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf protesters ran directly to D-Chowk on the “directions” of the party chairman and not to the venue designated between sectors G-9 and H-9.

Furthermore, sealed reports were also submitted before Pakistan’s apex court on behalf of the spy agencies.

Detailed information about the aftermath of the May 25 incident was provided in the report. According to the report, 26 people were treated at two hospitals and later discharged, whereas 77 suspects were taken into custody in 19 cases. The media portal mentioned the report as saying that there was no casualty during the incident.

Ousted leader Imran Khan called the ‘Azadi March’ a peaceful demonstration and decried the usage of chemical shells of tear gas, baton charge, firing, shelling, rubber bullets and shotguns by the present government which “tore apart” people’s fundamental rights.

There have been arrest warrants issued against a dozen members of Imran Khan’s party by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

“The government has made Pakistan a police state. They first prosecuted political rivals for terrorism and have now obtained arrest warrants for 17 PTI leaders. If the imported government is making terrorism cases, will the people forget how expensive flour has become?” asked the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in a tweet.

Following the party’s long march in May, several PTI leaders, including Imran Khan, were charged with rioting.