Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): President Dr. Arif Alvi on Friday appeared before an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) despite enjoying immunity under Pakistan’s constitution.
President Alvi who was nominated in 2014 Parliament House attack appeared before the court.
Judge Muhammad Ali Warraich heared the case.
Dr Alvi filed a plea before the court through his lawyer to set aside his immunity.
Arif Alvi during his appearance said that the Constitution of Pakistan gives him immunity, however, he wanted to waive it to bring all of them equal before the law.
“I appeared before the court so that no one should say that the president skipped the proceedings using his exemption,” Dr Alvi said and added, “A case was filed against me during the presidency in Sialkot. I did not seek exemption and later won that case.”
The president said that he knew that the courts are overburdened but it is their responsibility to expedite the judicial process as delays had led to generations fighting for their cases.
In 2020, the court acquitted Prime Minister Imran Khan who was also named in the case.