Peshawar: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Monday appeared in a court in this northwestern Pakistani city and obtained bail to avoid arrest in connection with a case in which he was accused of travelling abroad without a passport.
The additional sessions court accepted Malik`s plea and granted him bail. The First Information Report in the case was filed over a decade ago and Malik was booked under the Passport Act.
Malik was accused of leaving Pakistan through an unauthorised route despite his name being on the Exit Control List, which includes people barred from leaving the country. The Interior Minister`s visit to Peshawar was unscheduled and took officials by surprise.
Malik is facing the possibility of being disqualified as a member of the Senate or upper house of parliament and the federal cabinet once the government begins implementing the Supreme Court`s judgement striking down the National Reconciliation Ordinance, a controversial graft amnesty that was passed by the former military regime and benefited over 8,000 people.