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Imran Khan granted interim bail in terrorism case

Islamabad : An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad approved an interim bail of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan.

An FIR was registered against him under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act at the Margalla police station for threatening the judge and other senior officers of the Islamabad Police during the rally.

The court’s ruling Thursday, called “pre arrest bail,” prevents his arrest before Sept. 1. At that time, he will be required to appear before the court again, Faisal Choudhary, a senior lawyer on Khan’s legal team, told The Washington Post.

Asad Umar, a senior leader in Khan’s party, criticized the charges against Khan. “The whole world is laughing at us. They are saying, what has happened to this democratic country? This case needs to end,” he said.

Significantly, Khan’s court appearance is the latest twist in months of political wrangling that began when he was ousted by a vote of no confidence in the national assembly in April.

But the former PM retains widespread support, staging mass rallies railing against the establishment and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s government, which he says was imposed on Pakistan by a “conspiracy” involving the United States.