A Pakistani judge on Monday ordered police to drop terrorism charges against former prime minister Imran Khan for verbally threatening police officers and a female judge at a political rally on Sunday. last month.
The charges follow a speech Khan gave in the capital Islamabad last month in which he vowed to sue the Islamabad police chief and a judge for allowing police to question Shahbaz Gill, the chief of staff. leader of Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf political party. .
Khan made the controversial remarks after it was announced that Gill had been subjected to torture by police after being arrested for inciting the army to rebel.
Fawad Chaudhry, a leader in Khan’s party, welcomed the court order from Athar Minallah, the chief judge at the court in Islamabad.
Khan, a former cricket star turned politician who came to power in 2018, is currently out on bail, which has kept him from being arrested in some cases.
Before the latest court order, Khan was already facing several years in prison under Pakistan’s 1997 anti-terrorism law, which gives police broader powers amid sectarian violence in the country. this.
Khan was removed from power in April through a vote of no confidence in parliament. Since then, he has staged protests across the country to pressure Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif to agree to snap elections. Sharif declined the request.