On Monday, a Pakistani court extended former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s pre-arrest bail for eight more days on terrorism charges relating to a speech in which he allegedly threatened police and judicial officers.
Khan, who appeared in court in person, was booked in the case by police in August. This is the fourth time he has secured prearrest bail in the matter.
“Bail is extended until September 20 with the same sureties,” Khan’s lawyer, Babar Awan, told Reuters.
Khan has denied he threatened the officials, saying his words were taken out of context.
“This amount to making a mockery of the anti-terrorism law; making a mockery of our country,” he told journalists outside the court on Monday after he secured his bail.
The terrorism case is one of a series of legal problems for Khan, who was ousted as prime minister by a parliamentary vote in April.
A contempt of court case against Khan could see him disqualified from politics for at least five years, as the court said last week it would indict him in the matter.
Khan, who still has wide support, has been holding political gatherings across the country in an attempt to pressure the government into holding snap elections. General elections are not due until November next year, which is officially.
The government has assured that the elections will take place on time, and has rejected Khans call for early elections.
Khan criticized police and judicial officials at one of these rallies. He has also taken aim at the country’s military leadership, which issued a rare direct public rebuke of Khan for his statements earlier this month.