Sit-in case: ATC sustains status of Khattak, Qadri & Tareen as absconders

Sit-in case: ATC sustains status of Khattak, Qadri & Tareen as absconders

ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) here on Tuesday resumed hearing of 2014 sit-in violence case and ordered the authorities concerned to present a brief report on the status of the accused persons.
The court ordered that the report should be comprising as to how many accused have obtained exemption from personal appearance, how many accused have been granted bail and who are still absconders.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders Arif Alvi, Asad Umar and Ejaz Ahmed Chaudry appeared in the court while PTI Chairman Imran Khan did not turn up for the hearing as he had been granted exemption during last hearing of the case.
Moreover, the court also sustained the status of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Tahirul Qadri, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak and PTI leader Jahangir Tareen as absconders.
The court also exempted PTI leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Shafqat Mahmood from today’s hearing of the case.
During the proceedings, prosecution requested the court for more time regarding arguments on PTI’s Chief Imran Khan request for permanent exemption from personal appearance in the case.
Four cases of violence in the capital, including attack on the building of PTV, Parliament, and former SSP Operations Asmatullah Junejo were filed against leaders and workers of PTI and PAT during the 2014 anti-government sit-in.
On the other hand, the court while hearing a case pertaining to violence on former SSP Operations Asmatullah Junejo has accepted Imran Khan’s plea seeking exoneration.
Judge Shah Rukh Arjumand sought arguments from the concerned parties on March 27.

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