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Imran Khan Gets Bail in 12 Cases Linked to 9th May Riots

Imran Khan, the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi have been granted bail in a case related to violence that occurred on May 9.

During the hearing, the Anti-Terrorism Court judge Malik Ejaz considered the bail pleas of Shah Mehmood and Imran Khan. Although the prosecution requested more time, the ATC rejected the plea and granted bail to Imran Khan in 12 cases and Shah Mehmood in 13 cases.

Previously, the Punjab Home Department submitted a detailed report about the May 9 riots, where military installations were attacked following the arrest of PTI founder Imran Khan. The report, officially endorsed by the Standing Committee on Law and Order, stated that the events were pre-planned and attributed the violence in Lahore to Imran Khan and PTI’s central leadership.

The report labeled the events as a “war against the state,” stating that the attacks on military and state institutions were pre-planned and orchestrated by PTI’s central and local leadership.

Individuals like Hammad Azhar, Dr. Yasmin Rashid, Ejaz Chaudhry, Ghulam Mohiuddin, Mian Mahmoodur Rashid, Umar Sarfaraz Cheema, Mansab Awan, Azam Khan Niazi, Bajash Niazi, and Murad Raas were named in the report as being responsible for the violence.

The violent clashes erupted across Pakistan after the arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan on May 9, 2023. Protests were held in various cities, including remote areas, with PTI workers expressing agitation over their leader’s arrest. Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Islamabad saw protests, leading to the deployment of armed forces to maintain law and order.

During the protests, army installations, including the Corps Commander’s house in Lahore, were attacked by PTI workers. It’s worth mentioning that Imran Khan is the main accused in all the cases related to the May 9 riots.

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