Pakistan’s Lahore High Court granted protective bail to former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday in eight terrorism cases and a civil case. The move came after he appeared in court, and hours after another court suspended non-bailable arrest warrants until March 18 in a corruption case. Five of the cases were lodged in Islamabad and bail was granted to Khan until March 24, while the three cases relating to Lahore resulted in bail extended until March 27. Khan, the 70-year-old chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, has been accused of buying gifts, including an expensive Graff wristwatch he had received as premier at a discounted price from the state depository called Toshakhana, and selling them for a profit. The Toshakhana is a department that stores precious gifts given to rulers, parliamentarians, bureaucrats and officials by heads of other governments and foreign dignitaries. Khan has been in the crosshairs of Pakistan’s authorities for facing over 80 different cases in various courts across the country. He was ousted from power in April last year after losing a no-confidence vote.
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