ISLAMABAD: Amidst tight security, former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday appeared in person before a court here that has resumed hearing on his plea in seven different cases.
Khan Pakistan Tehre ek-e-Insaaf The PTI party shared a video on Twitter showing the 70-year-old former cricketer-turned-politician’s car surrounded by his supporters making its way through tight security to reach an entrance. Islamabad High Court.
Security has been tight around the court ahead of the appearance of Khan, who traveled to the federal capital from Lahore this morning to secure his temporary bail. Barbed wire and containers have also been placed to ensure law and order in the area.
Khan appeared before the two-member panel of the Islamabad High Court, chaired by Chief Justice Aamir Farooq, which warned him that his temporary bail could be revoked due to his continued absence from hearings.
On April 18, the ICC extended Khan’s bail in eight cases – including cases of violence outside the federal judicial complex – until May 3. On Wednesday, the court granted him one day’s reprieve on bail claims in nine cases.
Khan’s party released a brief video statement of the party chief as he left for Islamabad.
“(We) respect the courts, so he will appear (in court) despite the pain and swelling in the leg,” said Khan, who was in a wheelchair to be taken to the car. He said it is not like “those who create propaganda against judges” if they do not get a favorable decision, Geo TV reported.
Khan claimed that he had informed the Lahore High Court of the attempt on his life.
“Once in Wazirabad and the second time in the Judicial Complex on March 18,” he claimed, urging people to take to the streets as an expression of solidarity with the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Umar Atta Bendial.
“The mafia is firmly bent on the chief justice,” he said, adding that the “mafia” divided the Supreme Court and was violating the constitution.
He also criticized the current government for “running into elections” that were supposed to be held within 90 days of the dissolution of the councils.
Relations between the judiciary and the ruling coalition have been strained since the ruling PML-N-led government pushed for the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Bill 2023 which aims to disenfranchise the post of chief justice. Notice on his own in an individual capacity and set up a panel of judges to hear cases.


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