In protest case, Imran Khan bail denied, clashes reported in multiple cities

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An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad rejected former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan request to extend his interim bail in a case about a protest outside the office of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) following its decision in the Toshakhana case. Judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan announced the verdict following Khan’s repeated failure to physically appear before the court, reported Dawn.

Earlier, the court had directed Khan to appear before it by 1:30 pm and rejected his plea to grant an exemption from personal appearance.

After being hurt in an attempt on his life in Wazirabad during his march to Islamabad, Imran Khan has recovering at his home in Lahore. Khan’s attorney argued that the former prime minister had tried to appear but was unable to travel and that the court should grant an extension of the bail.

Imran Khan  given numerous chances to appear before the court, the court stated in the short order, “but to no avail.” The judge recalled that the leader of the Pakistan Tejreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had missed court dates on October 31, November 21, November 28, December 9, December 19, January 10, January 31, and twice today.

“Due to the protracted nature of the instant bail application, the matter can not stretched for an indefinite period, thus no further opportunity seeking dispensation from personal attendance shall allowed,” the court said.

“Ergo, the instant application seeking dispensation from personal attendance in medical grounds for today accordingly dismissed.”

However, the former premier can challenge the order in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to avoid arrest.

Soon after the verdict announced, clashes reported between the police and protesters in Islamabad, Peshawar, and Karachi, according to Dawn.

PTI said that Imran Khan address the nation today at 6 pm.


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