ATC acquits Imran Khan in SSP attack case

ATC acquits Imran Khan in SSP attack case

ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday acquitted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in a case pertaining to the attack on SSP Asmatullah Junejo during sit-ins in 2014.
The verdict was announced by ATC judge Shahrukh Arjumand in the presence of the PTI chief.
At the last hearing on April 25, Judge Shahrukh Arjumand had summoned the PTI chief in person so it can rule on his request for acquittal from the case.
Today Imran Khan appeared in court and the ATC judge ruled in his favour.
The ATC had reserved its verdict on the acquittal plea after hearing arguments over the on April 10.
After the acquittal, Khan said that it was a political case and it is very unfortunate that terrorism cases are being used against political rivals.
At the last hearing, the court had warned the PTI chief of issuing arrest orders if he failed to appear during the May 4 hearing.
The court had issued these directives after the PTI chief had failed to appear before the court during the proceedings, despite being summoned.
Earlier, the court had confirmed Khan’s pre-arrest bail in cases pertaining to the attack on Junejo and the PTV and parliament buildings as well as a violation of the loudspeaker act during the 2014 sit-in.
Political leaders and over a hundred workers and supporters of the PTI and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) were booked in the cases. The workers, who were arrested, were later released on bail.
On August 31, 2014, in an attempt to topple the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, the PTI and PAT workers had marched on parliament and the PM House while clashing with policemen along the way.

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