Prohibited funding case: IHC grants protective bail to Imran Khan

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday granted protective bail to PTI Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan to avoid arrest in the prohibited funding case.

Approving protective bail of Imran Khan until October 18 (Tuesday), the court directed the PTI chief that he can obtain interim bail from the relevant court.

Earlier, the Islamabad High Court has stopped the FIA from arresting PTI Chairman Imran Khan and summoned him in half an hour.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition filed by former prime minister and PTI Chief Imran Khan earlier today (Wednesday) seeking protective bail in order to avoid arrest in the prohibited funding case.

Imran’s lawyer told the court that two other co-accused in the case went to the banking court to seek their pre-arrest bails but both the banking and special judge central courts refused to hear their petitions.

The lawyer said that Imran did not appear before the court because he could be arrested.

CJ Minallah inquired of the counsel what was his idea to which court the petitioner should have gone in the prohibited funding case?

The lawyer replied that his client should go to the court of special judge central in the case.

The judge then ordered to summon the PTI chief before the court in 30 minutes.

Earlier, the PTI chairman submitted an application to the Islamabad High Court seeking protective bail in a case registered by the FIA in the prohibited funding case under the Foreign Exchange Act.

In his petition, Imran stated that the Federal Investigation Agency lodged a case against him under the Foreign Exchange Act. He pleaded with the court to accept his protective bail plea so that he could appear before the relevant court.

Meanwhile, IHC registrar Asad Khan has raised three objections to Imran’s petition saying that the PTI chief did not do his biometric; he attached an unconfirmed copy of the FIR; and how could the petitioner submit his application to the high court before filing it in a special court.

The FIA on Tuesday registered a case against 11 people including Pakistan Tehreek Insaf Chairman Imran Khan in the prohibited funding case.

The other prominent accused in the case are included: Sardar Azhar Tariq, Saifullah Nyazee, Syed Younis, Amir Kayani, Tariq Shaikh, and Tariq Shafi.  

According to the First Information Report lodged at the FIA’s State Bank Circle police station in Islamabad, the PTI had opened an account in a private bank under the title of ‘Naya Pakistan”. The said accused are beneficiaries of the account.