ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will shortly hear Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan‘s pre-arrest bail plea in seven cases.
The PTI chief had arrived at the IHC from Lahore earlier today to seek pre-arrest bail in different cases registered against him in the federal capital.
The PTI chief is seeking bail in seven cases registered against him following the vandalism at the judicial complex during his last visit to the federal capital.
Multiple cases were registered against the former prime minister at Islamabad’s Ramna, CTD and Golra police stations.
As the PTI chief moved towards Islamabad, a petition was filed in IHC by his lawyers seeking pre-arrest bail in the multiple cases registered in different police stations of the federal capital.
The plea urges the court to stop the federal government from arrest the PTI chief in those cases, adding that the cases have been registered for political revenge.
However, the registrar office of the court has attached objections to the petitions as the plea lacks the PTI chief’s biometric.
“How can a petition be filed in a high court before [it is filed] in a trial court,” asked the registrar office.
Later, when the PTI chief arrived at the premises his biometric was conducted. The biometric objection was then removed and the plea was admitted for hearing with other objections.
A bench headed by IHC CJ Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb will hear the case.
Khan laments lack of security
When Geo News asked the PTI chief if he was satisfied with the security arrangements, Khan responded: “There is no security, it is our security,”
On a question about political dialogue, the PTI chief refused to speak about it.
SSP to deal with security arrangements
Meanwhile, the Islamabad police tweeted that an important meeting was chaired by the inspector-general over the expected court appearance of Imran Khan to discuss security arrangements.
Senior officers, including the operations DIG and SSP, attended the meeting despite being injured. It was decided that field supervision of security arrangements will be taken care of by SSP Yasir Afridi.
Amir Kiyani has been entrusted with coordination on behalf of the PTI, while Malik Jameel Zafar will be the head of coordination between the police and PTI through Kiyani.
A central control room has been established at the Safe City Headquarters, the Islamabad police further shared.
Meanwhile, Section 144 is in force in Islamabad and violators will be arrested.
In light of court orders, only concerned persons will be allowed to enter the court premises, the police tweeted.
Earlier, the Islamabad police spokesperson had said there was no information regarding Imran Khan’s possible court appearance. He had said, however, that the Islamabad police would make security arrangements in light of court orders.