Ex-Pakistani PM Imran Khan bailed by court

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan

Ex-Pakistani PM Imran Khan bailed by court Credit: Twitter@ImranKhanPTI

Having endured months of legal trouble and threats of imprisonment, Imran Khan, the former prime minister of Pakistan has been given protected bail by the supreme court in Islamabad on May 12, 2023.

He was first arrested on March 9, only finding out that this was going to happen on the TV. Paramilitary police arrested Khan in an alleged corruption case, in what his party called an abduction.

Khan became prime minister in 2018, with some saying he was installed by the military, a claim which both sides deny. Whilst in office his relationship with the military soured.

Khan doesn’t blame the military directly but one man, General Asim Munir who he believes to be behind his current legal troubles. Justuju posted this video on Mr Khan on Twitter saying:

“During Pakistan’s darkest hour, when injustice and fascism are on the rise and the rule of gun and power reigns supreme, Imran Khan still has the guts to point the finger at the main culprit i.e., the (Cheif Of Army Staff) COAS.” 

The former Pakistani cricket hero and prime minister was removed from office in 2022 following a vote of no-confidence and poor results in opinion polls.

Since then he stayed politically active, with his party Tehreek-e-Insaf triumphing in Pujab byelections. He organised marches from Lahore to Islamabad to demand an early general election in 2022. During this time he has managed to avoid charges of terrorism and an assassination attempt.

Yesterday, May 12, Khan was again arrested by the military as he appeared in front of three chief justices of the supreme court. They went on to describe his arrest as invalid and unlawful but he was unable to leave court due to the presence of security staff.

He was reported by Reuters as saying: “I must say I expected this from our judiciary because the only hope now left – the only thin line between a banana republic and a democracy – is the judiciary,” to journalists at the court.

Khan has received widespread and loyal support in Pakistan through his removal from office and subsequent arrests. Some believe the army might attempt a military coup rather than continue to act behind the scenes.
One supporter said, speaking to the BBC: “Let there be anger, let there be chaos. If there is no Imran there is nothing left in Pakistan”. Wanderer posted on Twitter: Unreal scenes at Zaman Park on the arrival of our leader Imran Khan. Wow.”
With the recent supreme court ruling it remains to be seen whether Pakistan can return to democratic governance or if the Military will continue to try and incapacitate Imran Khan as opposition to their current rule.

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