ATC acquits PM Imran Khan in Parliament attack case

ATC acquits PM Imran Khan in Parliament attack case

Islamabad (Web Desk) The anti-terrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad on Thursday acquitted Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Parliament attack case.

According to details, Judge Raja Jawwad Abbas announced the judgment.

Earlier, the court had reserved judgment on the application for acquittal after arguments by the lawyers. The petition for PM Imran's acquittal was submitted by a lawyer for the federal government.

The premier had requested the court to acquit him as the prosecution was no longer interested in pursuing the case. The lawyer informed the court that the prosecution has no objection if Imran Khan is acquitted.

The court also decided to halt proceedings against President Dr Arif Alvi owing to the PTI leader holding the presidential office.

However, the court decided to indict other Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders named in the case, including Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood, and Planning Minister Asad Umar, Aleem Khan and a former close aide of PM Imran, Jahangir Khan Tareen.

The aforementioned have been summoned at the next hearing.

Meanwhile, the court declared chief of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri fugitive in the case.

It is pertinent to mention that PTI and PAT workers had clashed with police while marching towards Parliament House and Prime Minister House on Constitution Avenue during 2014 sit-in against the then Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led government.

On August 31, 2014 police invoked sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act against Imran Khan and other leaders for inciting violence during the sit-in.