Riots During Long March: Imran Granted Pre-Arrest Bail By Peshawar High Court

Riots During Long March: Imran Granted Pre-Arrest Bail By Peshawar High Court
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan has been granted pre-arrest bail by the Peshawar High Court (PHC) in the 14 cases registered against him over unrest during the party's long march last week.

Following the violence and the arson that took place during the PTI long march on May 25, 14 cases were registered against the party chairperson and other PTI leaders.

Imran Khan's counsel, Babar Awan had filed a petition earlier today, seeking pre-arrest bail for the former prime minister. Khan also attended the hearing of the petition in person today.

After the bail had been granted to Khan, the judge forwarded the orders to all the additional session judges of Islamabad.

The bail was granted over surety bonds worth Rs 50,000, and Khan was instructed to present himself before court on June 25.

FIRs were registered against Khan and other party leaders on May 26, right after Khan called off his party's planned sit-in.

The reports were registered at the Kohsar police station after a sub-inspector named Asif Raza filed a complaint. The FIR includes Sections 109 (abetment), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 186 (obstructing public service), 188 (disobedience), 353 (assault on public servant), 427 (causing damage) and 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

In the FIR, the complainant maintained that he was deployed at Jinnah Avenue near China Chowk along with other cops when he saw 100-150 protestors carrying PTI flags move towards Express Chowk.

He added that despite being stopped by the police, the PTI supporters went ahead and pelted stones at the cops. They also set fire to trees, he said, adding that the police were trying to stop them because of imposition of Section 144 in the federal capital.