ATC acquits Imran Khan in SSP Junejo torture case

  • Babar Awan represented Imran Khan in the case

ISLAMABAD – An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad acquitted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman, Imran Khan in SSP Asmatullah Junejo attack case.

The court had reserved the verdict on April 10th in the case that relates to attacking the Parliament and PTV office during the 2014 sit-in in Islamabad, as well as torturing then-SSP operations and violating the loudspeakers act.

Imran Khan did not show up in the last hearing despite summons, however, the ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand ruled in his favour today (Friday) primarily due to the reason that no police witnesses including SSP Asmat Ullah Junejo deposed against PTI supremo.

Talking to newsmen after the hearing, Imran Khan expressed that he was happy over the decision, adding that the laws, in flagrant contradiction with democratic norms, would be changed, if he assumes power.

“It’s highly undemocratic act to file terrorism case against us in a democratic state,” claimed the politician.

During the sit-ins in 2014 when PTI and PAT workers marched towards Parliament and PM House and clashed with policemen, SSP Junejo was beaten up on Constitution Avenue on his first day on the job as SSP Operations of ICT Police. The protesters also ransacked the PTV office.

Later, four cases were registered against Khan, PAT chief Tahirul Qadri and several others for their alleged involvement in the attacks.

Earlier, the ATC granted pre-arrest bail to Khan in cases regarding the attack on Junejo and the PTV and parliament buildings as well as a violation of the loudspeaker act during the sit-in.