ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – Former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has been granted a protective bail for one week by Islamabad High Court (IHC) in nine corruption related cases, his legal counsel told reporters on Tuesday.

The petition was heard by Justice Noor-ul-Haq Qureshi.

According to Farooq H. Naik the court has ordered former Prime Minister to appear before trial court in five days. He further claimed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has lodged another case against Yousuf Raza Gilani and that he will approach IHC to obtain an interim bail in this case as well. The original FIRs in the cases did not carry names of Gilani and Amin Faheem, Naik maintained.

Gilani, while talking to media persons after hearing, blamed PML-N government for registering political cases against him. “There was not a single political prisoner during my premiership,” he added.

He urged incumbent Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to follow the charter of democracy instead of political victimisation of PPP.

Earlier a trial court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and former Minister for Trade Amin Faheem which resulted in row between Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.