Imran Khan appears before Pakistani anti-terrorism court as police investigate comments

The news was marked by hundreds of Khan supporters who gathered outside the Anti-Terrorist Court in the capital Islamabad, where the ousted leader’s arrival was greeted with a heightened security presence.

The court extended Khan’s parole on bail until September 1, which means he cannot be arrested earlier than that.

Police launched an investigation into Khan this week after he promised to “take action” against the police chief and magistrate during a speech in the capital on Saturday.

“Listen, director-inspector (of police), we will not let you go, we will file a case against you. And Madam Judge, you must also be ready, we will take action against you,” Khan said. told his supporters during a rally in support of his former chief of staff Shahbaz Gill.

Gill was arrested earlier this month on charges of sedition after urging soldiers to disobey orders from military leaders.

Khan claimed that the police tortured Gill while in custody, and these claims received support from his supporters. Islamabad police deny Khan’s allegations.

Tensions between Khan and the ruling coalition government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif escalated after the former star cricketer was ousted in a parliamentary vote of no confidence in April.

Khan said there was a US-led conspiracy against him, accusing Sharif and the Pakistani military of working with Washington to overthrow his government. The United States, Sharif and the Pakistani military denied the allegations.

But Khan’s remarks resonated with a younger population in a country where anti-American sentiment is commonplace and anger at the establishment is fueled by a growing cost-of-living crisis.

His enduring popularity has led to his party’s recent victories in provincial elections, and he has repeatedly called for a new parliamentary vote at mass rallies held since his ouster.

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