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Pakistan’s ex-PM gets extended protection from arrest

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court on Thursday extended former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s protection from arrest until Sept. 12, his lawyer said, more than a week after police filed charges of terrorism against the country’s popular opposition leader.

The latest development is another reprieve for Khan. The court order effectively shields him from arrest on charges that he threatened police and a female judge during his speech at a rally last month.

In Pakistan, terrorism charges can be brought against anyone accused of threatening a government official or the military and security institutions of Pakistan.

According to a police report, Khan in his speech had criticized the Inspector General of Islamabad Police and another judge, saying “You too get ready, we will also take action against you.”

The government responded by filing terrorism charges against Khan, who was ousted by a vote of no confidence in parliament. Khan was replaced by Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who wants Khan to stand trial under the 1997 anti-terror law, which grants police greater powers.

Khan faces two other cases against him and has been released on bail in both cases.