Imran Khan gets bail, will he leave jail?

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Bail to Imran Khan

Bail to Imran Khan By Justice Markandey Katju

By Justice Markandey Katju

Many people are hailing the bail order granted to former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has been incarcerated in jail since August last year, by the Islamabad High Court today

I call such people 'tifl-e-maktab' ( schoolgoing children ), having no idea of realities.

Everyone knows that the real ruler of Pakistan is its army, and the army is determined to keep Imran Khan in jail, no matter what orders the court passes.

This was evident from the Press Conference of DGI SPR Maj Gen Ahmed Sharif, who referred to Imran Khan's PTI party ( without expressly naming it or Imran Khan ) as an 'intishari tola' and 'siayasi balwais'' who indulged in 'zehreele bayaan', 'jhooth', 'fareb' and 'makar'.

This was a written speech, which had obviously been approved or dictated at the highest army level. From the harsh, searing, almost abusive language used one can understand the adamant, immoveable, unrelenting, obdurate mindsets of the generals, who are determined to keep Imran Khan behind bars for long, and will be undeterred by court orders, giving them scant respect.

So supporters of Imran Khan may as well forget the celebrations, merrymaking, hoopla, carousel, jollification, frolic, festivity, rejoicing, revelry, and hoopla over the bail order. He will not be out of prison for long.

(Justice Katju is a retired judge of the Supreme Court. These are his personal views.)

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