Imran Khan, who was ousted as Prime Minister last April, was arrested from outside the Islamabad High Court on Tuesday in the Al-Qadir Trust case after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) issued an arrest warrant against him.
The bail was granted to the former Pm after the supreme court had termed the arrest “invalid and unlawful ” The Islamabad High Court too upheld Mr Khan’s arrest but a three-member Supreme Court bench on Thursday had declared his detention “illegal” and ordered his immediate release.
Companied by heavy security again after the riots broke out due to his arrest.
The Friday hearing was delayed for nearly two hours due to security reasons. The cricketer-turned-politician arrived back at the Islamabad High Court in a secure convoy and walked into the building flanked by dozens of police and paramilitaries.
The court has granted Imran Khan a two weeks interim bail and has directed the authorities not to arrest him in the [graft] case,” Mr Khan’s lawyer Khawaja Harris was quoted saying by news agency AFP
Mr Khan raised a single fist above his head, signalling his gathered supporters.
But the legal saga seems far from over after the pledge of the interior for the rearrest of Mr Imran Khan.
What happened before all this is that the arrest by paramilitary Rangers triggered deadly clashes across the country, prompting the deployment of the Army. At least nine people died in the unrest, police and hospitals said.
Mr Khan has accused senior military and government officials of plotting a November assassination attempt that saw him shot in the leg during a rally.