Imran Khan arrives at LHC for bail hearing


LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan arrived at the Lahore High Court (LHC) to appear before a two-member bench that will hear his plea seeking bail in five cases registered in the federal capital.

A two-member special bench, comprising Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh and Justice Anwaar Hussain, will hear the plea and determine whether it is maintainable or not.

Earlier, LHC Registrar’s Office had attached objections to the plea as the PTI chief had already obtained bail in the cases.

As the hearing began, Khan’s counsel told the judges that the PTI chief was seeking protective bail in order to go to Islamabad where several political cases have been registered against him.

At this, Justice Sheikh said that no such precedence can be pointed out from the past when protective bail is granted again.

Khan’s lawyer argued that the legal team was also struggling to understand how to secure bail as so many cases have been registered against the disposed prime minister.

Justice Sheikh said that it would have been better if this petition would have been registered in Islamabad High Court (IHC).

Arguing for himself, Khan said that when he went to Islamabad last time all roads were blocked, mentioning that even today he came in secretly.

“In Islamabad police used tear gas and baton-charged the people due to which we had to return,” the cricketer-turned-politician said, claiming that he ran from there in order to save his life.

Khan’s counsel told the court that they are only seeking a working day so that they can reach Islamabad, however, the government’s lawyer raised an objection to this.