Kopar Khairane
National

In four cases, Imran Khan appears before the anti-terrorism court and provides surety bonds

The assault on the Lahore Corp Commander House was one of four instances Imran Khan, the former prime minister of Pakistan, appeared before an anti-terrorism court on Tuesday. He also provided surety bonds for his pre-arrest release till June 2.

A court official told PTI that Khan appeared before ATC Lahore judge Ijaz Ahmad Buttar and provided surety bonds totaling PKR 100,000 for each of the four terrorist charges in which he had previously been granted pre-arrest release till June 2. A number of attorneys screamed pro-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chants as the party's 70-year-old leader entered the courtroom under heavy protection.

In the anti-terrorism court, Khan's attorney also contested the search warrants at the former premier's Zaman Park mansion in Lahore. The Punjab police DIG (operations) was called in for the following hearing and instructed to provide a response by the court.

After Khan was taken into custody by the armed Rangers in Islamabad on May 9, there were tense demonstrations. Over 20 military institutions and government buildings, including the Lahore Corps Commander House, the Mianwali airfield, and the ISI facility in Faisalabad, were vandalised by his party members. For the first time, the crowd also assaulted the General Headquarters of the Army (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. Khan subsequently received bail and was freed.

Over 10,000 members of Khan's Pakistan party have been detained by law enforcement, 4,000 of them are from Punjab. Ten people were killed in the violent battles, according to the police, while 40 members of Khan's party allegedly died when security officers opened fire on them.

In the meanwhile, two of Khan's attorneys showed up in front of the joint investigative team looking into the assault on the Corps Commander House, also known as Jinnah House, in Lahore. Khan was asked to appear before the joint investigative team on Tuesday to provide a statement on the May 9 arson attacks on Jinnah House and the Askari Corporate Tower in Lahore. However, Khan sent his attorneys in place of that request.

Khan has said that since he was imprisoned at the time of the assault on military targets, particularly the Jinnah House, he had nothing to do with it.The high-profile Lahore Corps Commander House incident was the subject of an ATC directive for Khan to participate in the police inquiry.

Khan highlighted “reports from credible sources” in his response to the summons, which was sent via his attorneys Ali Ijaz Buttar and Naeem Haider Panjhuta, according to Dawn, that he would be harmed while making public appearances and participating in the probe.

Khan also said that he was also scheduled to appear in court today and asked to be given permission to participate in the investigation remotely via video connection from his home or to be issued a questionnaire with specific questions/questions for the purpose.

The reply states, “As an alternative, I am also available in person at Zaman Park.” On May 9, a sizable group of Khan's party members invaded the Jinnah House, vandalised it, and then set it ablaze. The assaults and violent demonstrations on May 9—dubbed “Black Day” by the army—were investigated by ten distinct JITs established by the Punjab Home Department. Khan was included in a number of FIRs filed at various police stations around the province.

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