Imran Gets Bail In Al Qadir Trust Case, Relief In Two Other Cases

Imran Gets Bail In Al Qadir Trust Case, Relief In Two Other Cases
PTI chairman Imran Khan has been granted bail in the contentious Al Qadir Trust case till June 19 after he submitted surety bonds worth Rs500,000.

The former premier appeared in the accountability court on Wednesday after being ordered by Islamabad High Court (IHC) to do so within three working days.

The order to extend bail was issued by a two-judge bench comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz.

Bail extended

Separately, the IHC heard two more plea filed by Imran related to the violation of Section 144 and a bar on Islamabad police for taking him into custody in any case registered after May 9.

Subsequently, the court extended ex-premier's protective bail on both the pleas for 10 days, restraining the police from arresting him in any case filed within the federal capital's jurisdiction on the said date.

Al-Qadir case

The case pertains to Imran’s misuse of authority as a public officer holder in aiding and abetting the illegal transfer of £190 million as a quid-pro-quo for personal gains, known as the Al-Qadir Trust case.

Analysts say that the case is based on strong grounds, and so it would be an uphill task for the former premier’s counsels to put up a strong defence.

NAB officials maintain that the competent authority has taken cognisance of commission of offenses of corruption and corrupt practices by Khan and his affiliates as defined under sections 9(a) (iii), (iv), (vi), (xi), and other offenses defined in the relevant schedule of the NAO 1999.

May 9 mayhem

Paramilitary Rangers arrested the PTI chief on May 9 in the same case, followed by widespread unrest in the country.

Many of the government and private installations were vandalised, including Corps Commander Lahore residence and the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi.

Later, Imran attempted to distance himself from the violent protest, rioting and coordinated attacks on the military installations. According to him, those involved in the attacks have no association with PTI and shouldn’t be viewed as such.