Will join PAT if Qadri takes to the streets, Imran Khan

Will join PAT if Qadri takes to the streets, Imran Khan

Islamabad (Web Desk): Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan appeared today before the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in cases pertaining to the sit-in by PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in 2014.

During a media talk after the hearing, Imran said, "We will join Tahirul Qadri (PAT) if he takes to streets to protest." 

ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand was informed during the hearing that Imran has joined the investigation and is no longer an absconder.

Imran Khan's counsel Babar Awan stated in court that they have already challenged the jurisdiction of the ATC in the case, and the court should first decide on the matter before proceeding with the case. 

However, the public prosecutor argued that there are solid pieces of evidence against the PTI chief of instigating supporters towards violence, adding that he is in violation of 10 sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act.  

The court then adjourned the hearing until December 11.

The PTI chief said the 2014 sit-in was peaceful and instead of him, Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif and law minister Rana Sanaullah should be implicated in a terrorism case.

Imran demanded for resignation of Sanaullah and Shehbaz, saying they should be in jail for the violence during the Model Town incident of 2014. "Only a fascist government, bred in laps of dictators, can implicate political opponents in terrorism cases," he argued.  

Further, PTI Chief also condemned the decision of US President Donald Trump declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel and said that people like Trump violate human rights of weak.

He was of the view that all Muslim state leaders should stand together against this violation and Pakistani Prime Minister should also take step like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

This is the third time the PTI chief appeared in the ATC in the cases.