Ex-PM Imran Khan's Bail Pleas Denied by Pakistani Courts in 9 Cases

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's bid for bail faced a major setback as local courts dismissed his bail petitions in 9 cases on Wednesday. The leader of the Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party had sought bail in connection with multiple FIRs linked to violent protests.

Khan's arrest earlier this year on corruption charges ignited widespread demonstrations, with his supporters targeting defense and military installations across the nation.

On Tuesday, the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad rejected three bail petitions, while an Additional District and Sessions Judge turned down six petitions seeking pre-arrest bail for the former Prime Minister.

Prosecutors argued that Khan, being in jail, was not eligible for pre-arrest bail. Investigation officers also revealed that Khan had not cooperated with investigations into the registered cases against him.

Imran Khan, aged 70, has been a focal point of political upheaval since his removal from the prime ministerial position via a no-confidence vote last year, sparking concerns about Pakistan's stability amid an ongoing economic crisis.

Presently incarcerated in Attock jail due to his conviction in the Toshakhana corruption case, Khan's involvement in political activities has been curtailed for five years by the Election Commission following his conviction.

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