On Friday, a special panel of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) decided to release the former prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, on bail. This decision was reached after hearing arguments from all sides of the case.
A day after the Supreme Court ruled that Khan’s detention from the grounds of the IHC was unconstitutional and invalid, a bench consisting of Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz heard the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case. The bench was constituted of Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz.
Khan, who turned 70 the previous year, arrived at the court soon after 11:30 local time and through the biometric identification procedure as well as other requirements. The court was under heavy protection during his arrival.
The hearing was postponed for a total of two hours as a result of safety concerns.
When a lawyer began chanting pro-Khan chants, the two judges on the bench previously fled the room. After some time had passed, the angry judges made the announcement that the hearing would continue after Friday prayers.
An arrest order for Khan had been issued by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which resulted in his being taken into custody on Tuesday inside the grounds of the Islamic Humanitarian Centre (IHC).
His detention by the paramilitary Rangers provoked significant demonstrations throughout the whole of Pakistan, which resulted in the deployment of the army not only in this province but also in the provinces of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan.
His arrest was affirmed by the IHC; but, on Thursday, a bench of the Supreme Court consisting of three justices pronounced his imprisonment to be “illegal” and ordered his immediate release. The highest court in the land ordered the police to hand him over to the protection of the Supreme Court and to appear before the high court at eleven in the morning. The former Prime Minister has been released on bail for a period of two weeks.