Following the initiation of contempt of court proceedings against Khan for threatening the judge, a larger bench of the IHC issued a show-cause notice to him on August 23.
On August 20, the PTI chairman held a rally in the nation’s capital to show support for his chief of staff Shahbaz Gill following allegations of torture applied to him while he was being imprisoned. He pledged to file legal proceedings against the Islamabad inspector general and deputy inspector general for allegedly torturing Gill.
Khan then pointed his weapons at the extra sessions judge, who on the police’s request had placed Gill in physical detention, and warned her to prepare for repercussions.
Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was given protective bail by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) till October 7 about a contempt case brought against him for making divisive statements against Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry during a rally in Islamabad on August 20.
A day after the Margalla Police Station magistrate in Islamabad issued an arrest warrant for Imran Khan in the contempt case, the petition was submitted on the PTI chair’s behalf by Babar Awan. Imran’s appeal was then heard in chambers, and the court granted temporary release on bail in exchange for Rs 10,000.
Justice Moshin Akhtar Kayani, an IHC judge, ordered Imran Khan to appear before the relevant court during the proceedings.
Four provisions of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) are referenced in the FIR filed against Khan: Sections 506 (the penalty for criminal intimidation), 504 (intentional insult to incite a breach of peace), 189 (threat to injure a public worker), and 188 (threat to threaten to kill a public official) (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant).
The coalition government would not imprison the PTI chairman, according to Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, who also stated that Imran’s arrest warrant had to be issued because Imran was supposed to appear before a magistrate but didn’t.
Speaking on the matter, the interior minister said that the IHC solely rejected the case’s anti-terrorism provisions. He claimed that the court had not decided the matter.
Sanaullah condemned the PTI chairman and said that he had jeopardized the nation’s independence. He went on, “Imran’s wrongdoing cannot be forgiven. Any decision taken in unanimity on the House floor shall be discussed by the Parliament and approved by the members.”