Terrorism cases: Imran Khan appears before LHC to get protective bail 

Terrorism cases: Imran Khan appears before LHC to get protective bail 

Lahore (Web Desk): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former premier Imran Khan on Tuesday appeared before the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking protective bail in two terrorism cases filed against him in Islamabad following clashes at the Federal Judicial Complex (FJC) on Saturday.

Two cases were registered against the PTI chief and several party leaders in Islamabad’s counter-terrorism department (CTD) and the Golra police stations.

Clashes between the PTI workers and the police erupted outside the FJC after Imran Khan reached there to appear before a trial court to attend the hearing of the Toshakhana case last week.

As per the police, the protesters resorted to arson and vandalism and attacked the law-enforcement officials who were performing their duty to maintain law and order in the capital.

The FIR stated that the workers destroyed a police checkpost and broke the main gate of the judicial complex.

As many as 18 people were arrested for arson, pelting stones, and vandalising the judicial complex's building, said the FIR.

It added that two police vehicles and seven motorcycles were burned, and the official vehicle of the station house officer (SHO) was damaged.

On Monday, the former prime minister filed two petitions in the LHC through Barrister Salman Safdar.

In them, Imran sought protective bail to “enable him to surrender and approach the competent court having jurisdiction to entertain the bail petition”.

Justice Shehbaz Rizvi and Justice Farooq Haider took up the pleas.

During the hearing, the court had directed the lawyer of PTI chairman Imran Khan to ensure the appearance of his client in the court at 2:15pm today if he wanted the court to hear petitions.