The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has granted two-week protective bail to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan, in the Al-Qadir Trust case.
It is pertinent to mention that Former Prime Minister and PTI’s chief, Imran Khan, was arrested from premise of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday by Rangers personnel on the directives of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Yesterday, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial and comprising of Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, ordered the immediate release of Imran Khan, instructing him to approach the Islamabad High Court (IHC) once again.
Today, a special division bench was formed by the IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq to hear the former Prime Minister’s bail plea a day after Supreme Court termed Imran Khan’s arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust case ‘unlawful’.
During the hearing, Imran Khan’s counsel, Haris, contended before the court that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had performed an illegal act with the arrest of the PTI chief. “PTI came to know through the media that an inquiry was converted into an investigation.” Khan’s lawyer told the court, adding that the manner in which the inquiry was converted into an investigation was aimed at his immediate arrest.
Haris told the court that a notice was sent to Imran Khan on March 2 to which he replied, adding that in his reply, he informed NAB that the notice was not sent as per the requirements of the NAB Ordinance.
After hearing the arguments, IHC’s bench accepted Imran Khan’s bail plea and ordered both parties, which include NAB prosecutor general and Khan’s lawyers to be prepared at the next meeting.
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