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Lahore High Court Provides Interim Relief to Imran Khan in May 9 Cases

May 9 Cases

LAHORE: In a significant development, the Lahore High Court (LHC) granted interim relief to Imran Khan, the founder of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), by restoring his bail in seven cases related to the May 9 riots. The two-member bench, led by Justice Aalia Neelum, announced the verdict after reviewing Imran Khan’s plea challenging the cancellation of bail in these cases.

The high court’s decision also instructed the trial court to provide a verdict on Khan’s interim bail pleas. This comes after an anti-terrorism court (ATC) had previously rejected petitions seeking an extension of bail for the ousted prime minister in seven cases, including the May 9 riots and the attack on Jinnah House. The trial court, led by Judge Ijaz Ahmad Butar, had delivered its verdict on August 11 the previous year after hearing arguments from both sides.

Imran Khan, along with the top leadership of his party, faces a multitude of legal challenges ahead of the nationwide polls scheduled for February 8. The PTI suffered setbacks in its legal battles, losing the iconic “bat” electoral symbol and facing questions about the legality of its intra-party elections.

These setbacks were compounded by the withdrawal of support from a party, PTI-Nazriati, with which the PTI had sought an alliance earlier in the month.

While the PTI navigates these challenges, its major rivals, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), have already launched nationwide campaigns and distributed tickets for national and provincial constituencies. The complex legal landscape adds further complexity to the political landscape as the nation approaches a crucial electoral event on February 8.

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