Pakistan Ex-Prime Minister given temporary bail on terrorism charges

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An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has granted temporary bail to former Prime Minister Imran Khan on charges of terrorism case registered against him for threatening police, judiciary, and other state institutions shielding the canned leader from arrest until September 1.

A anti-terrorism court known as “the Pak court” on Thursday granted temporary bail to former Prime Minister Imran Khan on terrorism charges for threatening police officers and a judge, his lawyer said.

“The court ordered the police not to arrest Khan until September 1, after which he will have to seek an extension to his bail.”

Imran Khan’s court appearance is the latest twist in months of political fight that began when he was canned by a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly in April.

In addition to terrorism charges, Khan is also facing legal challenges over money laundering charges, concealing assets, and, collecting illegal funds for his party from citizens of the United States, India, and Europe.

If convicted, Khan faces imprisonment and disqualification from politics.

Khan decries ‘technical knockout’

The canned leader accused the authorities of trying to score a “technical knockout” against him. Outside the court, Imran Khan claimed that the government was fearful of his popularity.

“Due to that fear, they are looking for technical knockouts. Just to save themselves, they are making a mockery of the country,” he said.

Khan, who came to power in 2018 following national elections, retains widespread support.

The former cricket star is staging mass rallies railing against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s government and scoring successes in recent Provincial Assembly by-elections.

Khan was once backed by the generals who ruled Pakistan for decades or maintained the balance of power in the country. But he had a fallout with the military last year over the choice of a new spy chief.

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