In a recent decision, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday granted pre-arrest bail to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan for 15 days in 14 cases registered against him.
The decision came directly after the party chairman ended his ‘independence march’ on May 25. A total of 14 cases have been filed against Imran and other leaders of his party in various police stations in Islamabad for vandalism in the capital, Dawn reported.
Imran Khan’s lawyer Babar Awan filed the petition in the court which was heard by PHC Chief Justice Kaiser Rashid Khan.
The judge granted bail to the PTI leader till June 25 and later sent an order to the Additional Sessions Judge of Islamabad.
Calling the March a peaceful protest, the ousted leader called for more force to be used against the current government, the use of chemical gas shells of tear gas, baton charges, bullets, shelling, rubber bullets and shotguns that “deprive” fundamental rights. People.
“The current illegitimate and imported government has used unreasonable and illegal tactics with the state apparatus against peaceful empty-handed protesters across the city,” he added, after which the Supreme Court ordered the authorities to immediately release all arrested party members.
According to Dawn, a first information report (FIR) was filed on May 26 under sub-inspector (SI) Asif Raja’s allegations under 109 (incitement), 148 (a riot with a deadly weapon), 149 (illegal assembly). The Pakistan Penal Code 186 (disruption of public service), 188 (disobedience), 353 (assault on a government employee), 427 (causing harm) and 435 (mischief by fire or explosives intended to cause harm) against ousted leader Imran Khan.
In the FIR, SI Raja said police tried to stop PTI supporters in Islamabad due to the imposition of Section 144 but they did not listen and instead threw stones at police officers and set fire to trees, the report added.
“At the behest of Imran and other PTI leaders, 36 people have been brought under control,” Raja said.
Based on the complaint of SI Golam Sarwar, the second FIR was registered under the same section as the previous FIR. Sarwar claimed that PTI workers threw stones and also damaged a government bus. He added that 39 people have since been arrested.
Meanwhile, on May 26, a Dawn report revealed that 11 more cases have been filed against PTI leadership including Imran and other PTI workers under various sections of PPC by Loi Bheer, Secretariat Police, Abapara Police, Golra Police, Bhara. Kahu Thana, Tarnal Thana, Coral Police and others.
Authorities opposed the protest with all available police forces, special services and the army. ” When he tried to disperse them, tear gas was released. Police also used batons.
The Shehbaz government claimed that the fire was started by PTI supporters whereas the PTI claimed that the fires were caused by police shelling, which led to a blame game between the previous and former governments.