Parliament attack case: ATC reserves verdict on plea seeking acquittal of PM Imran

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RAJA BASHARAT
Islamabad
Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad on Tuesday reserved its verdict in plea seeking acquittal of Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan in PTV, Parliament attack case that will be announced on December 5.
ATC judge Raja Javad Abbas heard the case during which PM Imran’s lawyer Babar Awan submitted an application seeking the acquittal of his client.
During the course of hearing, Awan took the plea that terrorism sections could not be applied to the violation of section 144 or doing speeches in Dharna.
Babar Awan said that if Imran Khan will be acquitted in the case then he has no objection.
He said that these cases are made on political basis and nothing will be attained from them, only time of court will be wasted.
Government lawyer Chaudhry Shafqaat did not object to the acquittal of the premier in the case.
“We have no objection if Imran Khan is acquitted in the case,” Shafqaat said, adding: “These cases are made on a political basis. Nothing will come of these cases, only the court’s time will be wasted.”
Court while hearing the arguments of both respondents reserved the verdict upon plea seeking acquittal of Prime Minister Imran Khan that will be announced on December 5.
Previously, various PTI leaders including Prime Minister Imran, President Arif Alvi, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and others were exempted from personal attendance in case proceedings.
On Aug 31, 2014, PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers marched towards the Parliament House and Prime Minister House and clashed with police deployed at Constitution Avenue.

Police invoked the anti-terrorism act against then PTI chief Imran and party leaders including President Alvi, Asad Umar, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Shafqat Mehmood and Raja Khurram Nawaz for inciting violence during the 2014 sit-in.
As per the prosecution, three people were killed and 26 others were injured while 60 individuals were arrested. The prosecution had submitted 65 photos, sticks, cutters and other objects to the court as evidence to establish its case.
The prosecution had said the protest was not peaceful and the PTI leaders sought bail after three years.
After hearing the arguments of the parties in the case today, the court reserved its verdict on the application seeking the acquittal of Prime Minister Imran. The verdict will be announced on Dec 5.