Imran Khan’s arrest declared “illegal” by Pakistan’s Supreme Court, orders immediate release on interim bail.
The supreme court of Pakistan on Thursday declared the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, Imran Khan, in the Al-Qadir Trust case as “illegal” and ordered authorities to release him “immediately”.
Following the court’s decision, the former prime minister was directed to approach the Islamabad High Court (IHC) once again on Friday and get a regular bail. He has been released on an interim bail. He is directed to present himself before court at 11am (local time).
The order was pronounced amid high security. The court told the law enforcement authorities and the National Accountability Bureau of Pakistan (NAB) that people come to the court seeking justice and when someone who is in court to surrender themselves they should not be arrested.
Pakistan-based news agency Dawn said the chief justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial said the former prime minister should now approach the high court.
The bench hearing the plea filed by PTI challenging their chief’s arrest said that Imran Khan will have to abide by the verdict given by the high court.
The bench was led by the chief justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial and also consisted of justices Athar Minallah and Muhammad Ali Mazhar.
The chief justice told Imran Khan he was “happy to see him” but ordered him to direct his cadres to stop rioting and looting immediately.
““I don’t want any loss in the country nor do I wish for people to get incited. I just want free and fair elections,”
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