After his arrest and brief detention the previous week ignited days of deadly civil upheaval in Pakistan, former Prime Minister Imran Khan was scheduled to appear in court again on Monday.
On Tuesday, Khan was taken into custody on allegations of graft, which prompted his followers to go on the rampage throughout towns all over Pakistan. Three days later, the Supreme Court ruled that Khan’s detention was unlawful.
On Monday, hundreds of people who support the ruling alliance of coalition parties began to gather in Islamabad for the purpose of staging a demonstration against the decision of the Supreme Court to release Khan.
According to one of his lawyers, the former international cricket player was scheduled to appear before the Lahore High Court, which is located in his hometown, to face new allegations alleging that he plotted the violence that followed his arrest.
“Khan will be appearing in court today for cases registered against him related to the incidents of 9 May to 12 May,” said lawyer Intazar Hussain Panjutha to AFP. “Khan will be appearing in court today for cases registered against him related to the incidents of 9 May to 12 May.”
In the violence that took place over the past week, at least nine people were killed, hundreds of police officers were injured, and more than 7,000 people were jailed, according to the authorities, before Khan was released on bail on Friday.
Khan is going to make another attempt to get out of jail on bail in the new cases, one of which involves an accusation related to the death of a supporter of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party in March.
“He already has protective bail for 10 days in the rest of the known cases against him,” Panjutha remarked in reference to the defendant.
On Monday, an injunction that had been imposed by the Islamabad High Court to prohibit Khan’s arrest in any of the known cases was also scheduled to expire.
Khan, who is 70 years old, stated on Twitter that he anticipated being detained once more.
He stated of the current government that “using (the) pretext of violence while I was inside the jail, they have assumed the role of judge, jury, and executioner,” and he said this in his writing.
On Sunday, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters that “terrorism and mobbing was all preplanned and that Khan was responsible for this.” Sanaullah has sworn that Khan will be re-arrested in the near future.
According to sources with the PTI, Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi was also scheduled to appear in court to seek bail in the same graft case for which her husband was arrested last week.
Anger and anguish
Monday was set aside for demonstrations against the decision of the Supreme Court to free Khan, which led to his removal from office in April 2022 as a result of a vote of no confidence.
“People want to come in very large numbers because they feel a deep sense of anger and anguish,” Sanaullah said on Sunday. “People want to come because they feel betrayed.”
On Monday, there was a significant increase in the number of security personnel present in the nation’s capital, and police in Islamabad reported that some demonstrators had penetrated the “red zone” that contains the Supreme Court.
Since he was removed from power, Khan has become entangled in dozens of different judicial matters.
Analysts assert that legal obstacles are frequently utilized in Pakistan in order to stifle dissent, and Khan dismisses the proceedings as being politically motivated in advance of elections that are expected to take place no later than October.
Khan has spearheaded a campaign of defiance against the Pakistani army, which has dominated the country for nearly half of its 75-year existence and continues to exert immense influence. Khan’s campaign is unmatched in its brazenness and defiance.
When Khan stormed his way into the presidency in 2018, most people believed that he did so with the support of the generals. Similarly, analysts stated that the reason he stepped down from power was because he had lost favor with the higher-ups in the organization.