After nearly three months, PTI’s Ali Muhammad Khan released on bail

Khan was released after his bail application was approved by PHC

MARDAN  -  Senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Ali Muhammad Khan, who was arrested following May 9 riots, was released on Thursday from Mar­dan jail on Peshawar High Court (PHC) order. 

Khan was first arrested by the Islamabad capital territory police on May 11 under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order Order (MPO) in connection with the vio­lent protests triggered by the arrest of PTI chief Imran Khan on May 9 in a corruption case. During the days-long protests, which ended only after the PTI chief’s release, enraged party workers allegedly attacked pri­vate and public proper­ties, including military installations — the La­hore Corps Command­er’s House or Jinnah House and the General Headquarters (GHQ) entrance in Rawalpindi. At least eight people lost their lives during the violent protests. Since then, the PTI leader was released several times on the court’s order only to be taken into custody soon after release. The PTI on its official Twit­ter handle said Khan re­mained incarcerated for 80 days in eight different “bogus cases”. Earlier to­day, the PHC approved the bail application of the PTI leader and ordered his release from prison. PHC Justices Ijaz Anwar and Fazal Subhan heard the bail plea of Khan.

During the hearing of the case, Justice Anwar asked why Ali Muham­mad Khan was taken into custody. The Mardan assistant deputy com­missioner told the court that the PTI leader was arrested under Section 3 of the MPO. On which the PHC judge said the PTI leader has been in jail for two months. “How did Ali Muhammad Khan disturb the law and order situation?” Justice Anwar inquired. The judge also ordered the deputy com­missioner to appear be­fore the court on the next hearing. He warned that no officer will commit il­legal work if any deputy commissioner is made an example of. The PHC adjourned the hearing of the case till August 8.

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