Thursday August 25, 2022

VIDEO: Pakistani court grants bail to former PM Imran in terrorism case

VIDEO: Pakistani court grants bail to former PM Imran in terrorism case

Imran Khan (C) arrives to appear before an Anti-Terrorist Court in Islamabad on Thursday. AFP

Tariq Butt, Correspondent / AFP / AP

Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan accused the government on Thursday of trying to score a “technical knockout” against him, after being granted bail on charges brought under the country’s anti-terrorism act.

Imran’s court appearance is the latest twist in months of political wrangling that began when he was ousted by a vote of no confidence in the national assembly in April.

The anti-terrorism court also barred police from arresting Imran through the end of the month, officials said. Imran Khan is accused of making verbal threats to police officers and a judge in his speech at a rally over the weekend.

The latest development comes days after the government of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif levelled terrorism charges against Imran, escalating political tensions and drawing nationwide condemnation from his PTI party.