A local district and sessions court in Islamabad granted an extension in bail to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan and other accused till September 27 in the case of violation of Section 144.
Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal heard the case filed by the Islamabad police over PTI’s public gathering on August 20.
Babar Awan’s counsel told the court PTI chief Imran Khan was contesting elections from nine constituencies and was busy with it. Imran Khan addressed a public gathering in Peshawar a day earlier while he is scheduled to address supporters in Punjab’s Chishtian today.
“Imran Khan will not be able to appear in court today,” he told the court, while filing a request for exemption from appearance at hearing.
Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal inquired about the date of election, to which Awan’s counsel relpied that they are scheduled for September 25.
He added that the provisions in the case, filed at Islamabad’s Abpara police station, were bailable. He pointed out that was the 21st case against Imran Khan in which bail was being sought.