Khan was charged under the country’s anti-terrorism law for remarks made against senior police officials and a judge.
Islamabad, Pakistan – Imran Khan’s bail in terror case extended till September 12.
The chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party was charged under the country’s anti-terrorism laws for remarks made in a speech on August 20 against senior police officials and a member of the judiciary.
At the first hearing on August 25, Khan was granted bail till September 1 by Judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hasan. The judge ordered Khan to appear in person on Thursday.
The trial will resume on September 12 and arguments will be presented from both sides.
A senior PTI official, Asad Umar, criticized the government on Thursday for filing criminal cases against the former prime minister.
“They realized it was impossible to confront him politically. So now they are trying to make false charges against him,” Umar said.
Since his government was ousted in April, Khan has held several large rallies criticizing his political opponents, state institutions, security forces and so-called “neutrals,” a term often used to describe Pakistan’s powerful military establishment.
But the cricket star-turned-politician has faced mounting legal challenges since his August 20 speech criticizing the police and the judge.
The same speech also led to Khan being charged with contempt of court and unlawful assembly. Khan denied threatening the officials, saying his words were taken out of context.
On Wednesday, the Islamabad High Court gave him another chance to give a “further” reply on the contempt case.
A ban on live television broadcasts of Khan’s speeches was also suspended on Monday as the court ruled that the state media regulator had “exceeded its powers”.
The allegations against Khan came after he spoke of police “torture” of an aide who is facing sedition charges for inciting a mutiny in the army. Police have denied the charges.
Political tensions remain high in Pakistan as Khan rallies support for elections not until October next year.