Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan gets temporary relief from arrest in terror case: Report

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After his team petitioned the Islamabad High Court for a pre-arrest bail, Imran Khan, the former prime minister of Pakistan, was granted a temporary relief on Monday in the form of a transit bail for three days till August 25, according to local media sources. Imran Khan has been detained for violating the Anti-Terrorism Act during his rally in Islamabad on Saturday by making threats against the police, courts, and other state institutions. His live speeches cannot be aired on TV networks, according to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, the nation’s media watchdog.

According to Dawn, the FIR against Imran Khan was filed at the Margalla police station in Islamabad at 10 p.m. on Saturday in response to the magistrate’s complaint. A respected female extra sessions judge and top police personnel were “terrified and threatened” by Khan’s speech, according to the FIR.

On Sunday, Imran Khan’s attorneys Babar Awan and Faisal Chaudhry submitted a petition asking for pre-arrest bail. According to the Dawn story, which referenced the petition, they claimed that the former Pakistani prime minister was a “target of the ruling PDM (Pakistan Democratic Movement) for his fearless criticism, and exceptionally forthright and blunt stance against corruption and corrupt politicians.”

Meanwhile, reports claim that after filing cases, Pakistan’s interior ministry requested written authorization from Shehbaz Sharif’s office in order to detain the PTI chairman. According to sources cited by Geo News, Imran Khan is alleged to have fled his home in Bani Gala to avoid being arrested.

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