Supporters of Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Imran Khan, escort a vehicle amid security as he arrives at the district High Court in Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday. Reuters
Khan has had a number of cases registered against him since a parliamentary vote ousted him from power last year. The cases range from gathering illegal funds for his political party to inciting violence against state officials.
Khan appeared before the Lahore High Court late on Monday along with hundreds of supporters, witnesses said.
Imran Khan, along with his supporters walks as he leaves the district High Court in Lahore, Pakistan. Reuters
"In the interest of justice, we are inclined to grant him ad-interim anticipatory bail protective in nature until 03.03.2023 to enable him to approach the court of first instance," read a one-page order seen by the media.
The case pertained to alleged violence by his supporters during protests last year, which Khan is charged with inciting.
Before Monday, Khan's lawyers had pressed for immunity from appearing in person, citing health and security concerns. The court had rejected these requests.
Khan was injured in a shooting at one of his protest gatherings last year. Khan's supporters have threatened countrywide protests if he is arrested.
Khan has announced he will launch a campaign this week calling on his supporters to offer themselves up for arrest in a bid to "fill up the jail cells" in protest against the detention of his aides.
The government denies cracking down on Khan and his party, and says it is not interfering in various cases against him.
The hearing of the case had commenced around 10am but was adjourned till noon after the ATC had ordered the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief to appear before the court for his bail plea hearing.
The court has deferred the due indictment, said Faisal Chaudhry, the lawyer, adding the court had directed Khan to submit an unconditional apology in writing by Oct. 3.
Chief Justice Ather Minallah of the Islamabad High Court late Saturday ordered the probe in response to a petition from the daughter of former minister Shireen Mazari.
The former cricket star has denied the charges, saying he did not violate any laws. In the appeal, Khan’s lawyers said the former premier’s conviction should be "set aside” and declared "illegal and without lawful authority.”
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