Zille Shah murder: LHC confirms Imran’s pre-arrest bail


The Lahore High Court on Tuesday confirmed the pre-arrest bail of PTI Chairman Imran Khan in a case linked to concealing facts and evidence about the death of a PTI worker, Zille Shah, in a road accident.

The death of PTI worker Ali Bilal, also known as Zille Shah, during the party’s rally on March 8 had sparked strong protests in Lahore when the postmortem report identified 26 marks on his body. The party had declared that he was allegedly tortured to death by police in custody.

The PTI chief had also expressed his outrage over the incident, alleging that the “unarmed” worker had been killed in police custody,

However, Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi and Punjab Inspector General of Police Dr Usman Anwar, in a joint press conference on March 11, had shared the findings of an inquiry committee declaring that the PTI worker’s death occurred in a road accident.

Although the officials presented videos of the vehicle and the two men who brought the PTI worker to Services Hospital, they could not put forth any footage in which he was hit on the road by a vehicle to substantiate their claim.

On March 15, Punjab Safe City Authority (PSCA) Managing Director Kamran Khan said that police had examined nearly 50 CCTV cameras of both the authority and the Lahore Cantonment installed in the surroundings of Mian Mir overhead bridge from where Zille Shah was picked up by a black car on March 8.

“Out of nearly 50 CCTV footages, the one related to the road accident of Ali Bilal is still missing,” Kamran Khan had told media.

Last week, the LHC had granted Imran bail in the case until today as the former prime minister joined the probe and recorded his statement with the police.

Imran’s counsel Barrister Salman Safdar appeared in the court today.

At the outset of the hearing, Justice Anwarul Haq Pannun pointed to the presence of three prosecutors.