Im­ran bail extended till De­cem­ber 11

PTI chief’s coun­sel chal­lenged ju­ris­dic­tion of the Anti-Ter­ror­ism Court to hear 4 cases filed against Khan

Gulf News - - Pakistan -

An Anti-Ter­ror­ism Court (ATC) yes­ter­day extended the in­terim bail of PTI chief Im­ran Khan till De­cem­ber 11 in the tor­ture case of for­mer Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice dur­ing a sit-in.

Im­ran Khan was also present in court as the case was reg­is­tered against him by Sec­re­tar­iat Po­lice in 2014 when he was head­ing an anti-gov­ern­ment sit-in out­side Par­lia­ment House.

After hear­ing the coun­sel rep­re­sent­ing Im­ran Khan, Judge Shahrukh Ar­ju­mand extended the in­terim bail till De­cem­ber 11 (Mon­day). Babar Awan, the coun­sel of PTI also chal­lenged the ju­ris­dic­tion of ATC to hear the four cases filed against Ir­man Khan and ar­gued for drop­ping of ter­ror­ism charges against Im­ran.

In a re­quest sub­mit­ted be­fore the court on be­half of Im­ran Khan, Ad­vo­cate Babar Awan sought the trans­fer of the four cases, dat­ing back to 2014, to the civil court.

These four cases are with re­gard to the tor­ture of for­mer SSP (Op­er­a­tions) Is­lam­abad As­mat Ul­lah Junejo and at­tack on other per­son­nel and at­tack on the PTV build­ing.

In his ar­gu­ments, Awan cited as prece­dent the dis­missal of cases against the pro­test­ers who had camped out at the Faiz­abad In­ter­change for over 20 days. He also read the agree­ment be­tween the pro­test­ers and gov­ern­ment which re­sulted in end of the sit-in.

Re­fer­ring clause 3 of this agree­ment, he said the gov­ern­ment agreed to drop cases against the pro­test­ers and ques­tion­ing as cit­i­zens’ strug­gle for demo­cratic rights fall within the scope of ter­ror­ism. Awan sought the dis­missal of ter­ror­ism charges against Im­ran.

On the other side, the pros­e­cu­tion al­leged that dur­ing the 2014 sit-in, Khan had told his work­ers to at­tack the In­spec­tor Gen­eral and lay siege to the Prime Min­is­ter’s House.

He said there was ev­i­dence Im­ran had in­cited his work­ers at the time and ar­gued for ac­tion against the PTI chief un­der the Anti-Ter­ror­ism Act. After hear­ing the ar­gu­ments from both sides, the court extended Khan’s in­terim bail till De­cem­ber 11.

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