A court in Pakistan on Monday extended the term of the former prime minister Imran KhanHis lawyer said he was granted pre-arrest bail for eight more days on terrorism charges related to a speech in which he allegedly threatened police and judicial officers.
In August, the police had registered a case against Khan, who appeared in person in the court. This is the fourth time he has got anticipatory bail in this case.
“The bail has been extended till September 20 with the same bail,” Khan’s lawyer Babar Awan told Reuters.
Khan has denied that he threatened the authorities, saying his words were taken out of context.
“It is tantamount to making fun of the anti-terrorism law; Making fun of our country,” he told reporters outside the court on Monday after securing his bail.
The terrorism case is one of legal woes for Khan, who was ousted as prime minister by a parliamentary vote in April.
The court said last week it would charge Khan in the coming days for contempt of court in a case that threatens his future as it would disqualify him from politics for at least five years, the court said. could.
Khan, who still enjoys widespread support, has been holding political meetings across the country to pressure the government to hold mid-term elections. Officially, general elections are not due until November of next year.
The government maintains that elections will be held on time and has rejected Khan’s call for early elections.
In one of these rallies, Khan fiercely danced against the police and judicial officers. He has also targeted top officials of the country’s military, who earlier this month issued a rare direct public rebuke for Khan’s statements.