Imran’s interim bail in ‘Azadi March’ cases extended till July 30


An Islamabad district and sessions court on Thursday extended the interim bail of PTI chairman Imran Khan till July 30 in 11 cases pertaining to alleged violence and damage to public property during the party’s “Azadi March” on May 25.

The ex-premier had applied for pre-arrest bail in FIRs registered against him at Aabpara, I-9, Kohsar, Karachi Company, Golra, Tarnol and Secretariat police stations of the federal capital before Judge Kamran Basharat Mufti of District and Sessions (west) Court.

He, however, did not appear before the court. Junior counsel Rai Tajamul told the court that the PTI chief was in Lahore, while his lawyer Babar Awan was travelling abroad and couldn’t appear before the court.

At this, the judge said that it was important for Imran to appear in court.

He added that it was compulsory for him to show up in case 425 registered at the Kohsar police station, in which the former prime minister has been booked under treason charges.

“A fresh bail needs to be issued in this FIR and I will only pass the orders when the accused appears in court,” the judge stressed.

To this, Imran’s counsel assured the judge that his client would appear at the next hearing which was subsequently fixed on July 30.