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Pakistan's former PM Khan is released on bail following an arrest warrant in Islamabad

A day after an arrest warrant was issued for Imran Khan over comments he made at a public gathering last month criticising police officers and a female judge, a court in Pakistan's capital Islamabad has granted him bail.

Khan must appear in court on October 7 according to a Sunday decision from the Islamabad High Court (IHC), according to the local media outlet Dawn.

After the former prime minister skipped a hearing in the case before a sessions court in the nation's capital, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Following the warrant, thousands of Khan's Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf Party (PTI) followers demonstrated in numerous cities, and hundreds of them gathered in front of his home in Islamabad.

In the meantime, the Islamabad police claimed on Saturday that "rumours" that 300 officers had been dispatched to Khan's home were "baseless."

According to the Dawn, Pakistan's Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah stated on television on Saturday that there was no "question of an arrest" and that the arrest warrant against Khan was a regular one.

The IHC has also accused Khan with contempt of court for the demonstration on August 20 when he threatened "action" against Judge Zeba Chaudhry and high-ranking police officers in Islamabad for detaining his chief of staff Shahbaz Gill. Khan claims that Gill was tortured while in detention by the government.

Khan, 69, claims that his statements were misinterpreted and that he has not threatened any officials. After the former prime minister stated he was willing to apologise for his comments against the judge, the court postponed the contempt proceedings against him.

The PTI disputes the accusation that Gill attempted to spark a revolt in Pakistan's powerful military during a TV chat show in August.

The same court also dismissed "terrorism" allegations against the former prime minister for his comments made at the same Islamabad event separately last month.

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