Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan
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In a big relief to the former Pakistan Prime Minister, an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan granted bail to Imran Khan and former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in 12 cases related to attacks on military installations in May 2023.
According to a report by India Today, the court’s decision came after Pakistan election results showed independents, who were backed by Imran Khan, won a majority of the seats.
According to a report, a court in Rawalpindi on Saturday granted bail to PTI founder Imran Khan in 12 cases related to attacks on military installations in May 2023, while former foreign minister was granted bail in 13 cases.
The bail applications, as reported by Express Tribune, were heard by ATC Judge Malik Ejaz Asif. The court said there was no justification to keep the PTI founder under arrest and all accused in May 9 cases are on bail.
Notably, in January this year, Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi were sentenced to 10 years each in prison in the cipher case.
What Is Cipher Case?
Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi were sentenced to 10 years each in prison in the cipher case — a high-profile case related to the alleged leaking of secret diplomatic correspondence. More than 150 cases have been registered against Imran Khan since his removal from power in April 2022.
Notably, former Pakistani Prime Ministers and bitter rivals Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan on Friday both declared victory in elections marred by delayed results and militant attacks, throwing the country into further political turmoil. Sharif’s party won the most seats by a single party in Thursday’s election, but supporters of Khan, who ran as independents instead of as a single bloc after his party was barred from the polls, won the most seats overall.