Pakistani court extends bail from Imran Khan on terrorism charges

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The charges against Khan are related to what police said was a threat to Islamabad’s chief of police.

Islamabad:

A Pakistani court on Thursday extended ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan’s bail for two weeks on terrorism charges over a speech after Khan appeared in court under tight security, his lawyer said.

“It’s not a case of terrorism at all,” Faisal Chaudhry, the lawyer, told Reuters of the allegations, which Khan and his aides have called politically motivated.

The bail was approved until Sept. 12, he said. The bail prior to the arrest expired on August 31.

The charges against Khan are linked to what police said was a threat to Islamabad’s police chief and a female judge after Khan spoke of police torture of an aide accused of sedition for inciting a military mutiny.

Political tensions in Pakistan remain high as Khan expresses support for elections that will not take place until October next year.

Khan has denied threatening the officials, saying his words were taken out of context.

In his speech, Khan said he would “not spare” Islamabad’s police chief and a female judge who had taken his assistant into custody, adding that he would take legal action against them.

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)



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