Imran Khan walks into court with bulletproof helmet, human shields in Lahore
5 April, 2023 | Pragati Singh
Khan came for the hearing and passed through strict security to enter the courtroom.
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was seen outside court in Lahore wearing a makeshift bulletproof helmet that resembled a black hood, fully guarded by four men with bulletproof shields and an aide guiding him to an anti-terror court for seeking an extension in bail in three of the scores of cases registered against him, according to Geo News.
A video of the incident went viral on social media, with some viewers comparing Khan’s appearance to that of famed American singer Marshmallow. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief was shot in the leg during a political event in Wazirabad in November 2022.
Since then, the PTI believes Khan has faced threats to his life and consequently travels with extreme caution. Khan came for the hearing and passed through strict security to enter the courtroom.
Security personnel surrounded him with bulletproof shields, and he wore a handmade bulletproof helmet that mimicked the black hood pulled over the head of a death row prisoner before hanging. According to reports, an aide can be seen in the footage guiding Imran Khan toward the court since it was impossible to see through the slit in the protective helmet.
Significantly, embattled former Pakistan Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) head Imran Khan was granted interim release by a Lahore anti-terrorism court on Tuesday in three instances, which came as a major relief.
Interestingly, embattled former Pakistan Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) head Imran Khan was granted interim release in three instances by a Lahore anti-terrorism court on Tuesday, according to Geo News.
Imran Khan’s bail in three terrorism allegations against him has been extended till April 13.
The PTI Chairman appeared in court three times to seek bail in connection with the Zille Shah murder case, arson, and interfering with state affairs. Many cases were filed against the PTI head at the Race Course police station under anti-terrorism and aiding and abetting legislation, according to Geo News.
Khan was escorted into the ATC by armed guards since the judges had ordered him to appear in person for the appeal for an extension of bail, which was a condition of his release on bail. The Lahore police had filed these three cases against Khan in connection with the skirmishes between PTI members and police during an operation to capture Khan in the Toshakhana gifts case.
According to Geo News, Khan is currently dealing with more than 140 accusations involving terrorism, murder, attempted murder, and blasphemy that the PMLN-led coalition government has filed against him in the last 11 months.
Previously, in March, the Lahore High Court (LHC) granted Imran Khan protective bail in the same case and urged him to address the appropriate court. According to The News International, PTI chairman Imran Khan, who arrived at the court, wrote in his petition for interim bail that he wants to be involved in the investigation but is afraid of being arrested by the police.
The ATC granted Khan bail on the condition that he post surety bonds of (PKR) 100,000 in each incident, assist with the investigation, and attend all planned sessions.