Imran Khan's plea to remove terrorism clauses dismissed

12:28 PM | 11 Dec, 2017
Imran Khan's plea to remove terrorism clauses dismissed
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ISLAMABAD - An anti-terrorism court on Monday rejected a plea filed by PTI chief Imran Khan seeking removal of terrorism clauses in the cases against him.

As ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand resumed the hearing began, Khan's counsel Babar Awan presented arguments regarding the plea in which he had asked the court to remove the terrorism clauses.

The court is hearing four cases against regarding destroying property, attacking the building of PTV and Parliament, and injuring SSP Azmat Junejo during the 2014 sit-ins staged by PTI and PAT.

Babar said that it was everyone's democratic right to protest for the rights. He added that using sticks during the protest did not come under terrorism.

However, the prosecution argued that there was evidence that Imran Khan had incited his workers during the sit-ins.

After hearing the arguments, the court reserved the verdict and then announced the decision in favour of the prosecution. The court has adjourned the case till December 19 and also summoned Imran Khan.

The PTI chief also attended the hearing as he made his fourth appearance before the court. Speaking to the media outside the court, Imran termed filing terrorism cases against political rivals shameful.

Previous Hearing

On December 7, Khan made his third appearance before the court. During the hearing, police informed ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand that Khan had recorded his statement and he was no longer an absconder.

Babar Awan, counsel for Khan, had also filed an application to remove the charges of terrorism.

However, the public prosecutor argued that Khan incited his supporters for violence, which is a violation of Section 10 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

In November, The PTI chief through his counsel had surrendered himself before the ATC, which then approved the PTI chairman's bail for Rs200,000 in each case. Earlier, the court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran Khan for not appearing in the court.

2014 Sit-in

Khan and his political cousin are facing charges of torturing then Islamabad Operations SSP Asmatullah Junejo and attacking state buildings and damaging public properties in Red Zone during the sit-in staged by PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).

In August 2014, a clash erupted between police and protesters in Islamabad when protesters tried to breach the security cordon after the government, PTI and PAT failed to break the deadlock on the resignation of then prime minister Nawaz Sharif

In the clash, three protesters were killed and more than 500 injured including police officials. SSP Junejo was also among the injured.