Islamabad (Staff Report): An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Tuesday granted Prime Minister Imran Khan permanent exemption from appearance in cases related to attacks on Pakistan Television (PTV) and Parliament House during 2014 sit-ins.

During today’s hearing, PM Imran’s counsel, Babar Awan submitted a request for the premier’s permanent exemption from hearings.

“If there is more than accused in a case then the suspects can be exempted from appearing,” Awan argued in the court.

Upon this, the prosecutor remarked that they had no reservations in granting Imran Khan exemption from appearance .

On Friday, PM Imran directed his legal team to file acquittal pleas in the cases.

Besides the premier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jehangir Tareen and other party leaders’ requests for exemption were also accepted by the court.