Pakistan: On Tuesday, Imran Khan, the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, appeared in front of an anti-terror court to request bail in three cases related to clashes between his supporters and police outside his residence Lahore last month.
The court granted him interim bail until April 13. A former prime minister, Khan, entered the Lahore courtroom with tight security due to his previous attack during a political rally in Wazirabad.
In a video posted by PTI on Twitter, Khan was seen wearing a bulletproof helmet that resembled the hood a death row prisoner wore before execution while security personnel held up bulletproof shields for his protection.
A person was observed leading Imran Khan towards the court, as he could not see through the opening in his bulletproof helmet.
During his election rally speech in Wazirabad, Punjab, on November 3 of last year, a gunman fired shots at Imran Khan’s truck, resulting in his injury. In the previous court hearing, the judge ordered Khan to attend all subsequent hearings and participate in the police investigation into the cases against him.
The police filed charges against Khan and other PTI leaders for allegedly attacking police officers and burning official property and vehicles outside his residence in Zaman Park. The FIRs include various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. In another development, a Twitter user joked about Imran Khan’s bulletproof helmet, comparing it to a bucket used for head protection.
A different individual on Twitter compared Imran Khan’s helmet and the large marshmallow-shaped helmet worn by the electronic music producer and DJ, Marshmello.
The clashes that occurred outside Imran Khan’s residence in Zaman Park resulted from a police operation to execute an arrest warrant issued by an Islamabad court in the Toshakhana case.