LAHORE — Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said on Monday that he anticipated Imran Khan to appear before the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking protective bail in a case brought against him for demonstrating outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) office.

The LHC previously dismissed Mr Khan’s petition for protective bail when he failed to attend, claiming a leg ailment that prevented him from travelling. Notwithstanding rumours of his detention, the former prime minister opted to appear in court later.

Mr Ahmad posted on Twitter that the world was worried about the country’s deteriorating economy, in which the wealthiest were given subsidies and the poor were strangled. “Terrorism is out of control, and any additional delay [in reaction] might exacerbate it,” he continued. He went on to say that only the court was strong enough to shepherd the nation out of problems.

He went on to remark that when the ECP failed to consult President Dr Arif Alvi on the schedule for elections, a constitutional crisis had arisen. “We anticipate the president to announce the election date within three days,” he continued.

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