ATC Acquits Imran Khan in SSP Torture Case

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ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday acquited Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan in a case pertaining to an attack on then Islamabad senior superintendent of police operations Asmatullah Junejo during sit-ins in 2014.

ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand read out the verdict in the case. “You are discharged from the case,” said the judge.

The court had deferred the judgment on April 25 in the acquittal plea submitted by Imran and ordered him to appear in person. The judge had threatened to issue arrest warrants if Imran did not appear before the court.

‘NAWAZ IS MENTALLY UNSTABLE’:

Talking to the media after the decision, Imran said he is happy over the court decision and vowed to stop the misuse of anti-terrorism laws when his government comes to power.

In response to a question, Imran said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif needs psychiatric help as he is mentally unstable.

The PTI chairperson also criticised Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders Rana Sanaullah, Abid Sher Ali, Javed Latif, Khawaja Asif and Tallal Chaudry for their anti-women remarks.

“A Khyber Pakhtunkhwa minister was made to apologise instantly when he made anti-women remarks,” Imran shared.

Imran also called out Nawaz’s daughter Maryam for being a false champion of women’s rights.

The PTI chairperson claimed the Sharifs did not even spare Pakistan Peoples Party’s Nusrat Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.

CASE:

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.

On September 1, 2014, hundreds of men, allegedly protesters from the PTI and PAT camps, ransacked the PTV office, parliament premises and brutally beat up Junejo, less than 24 hours into his first day of job as SSP operations.

Khan, PAT chief Tahirul Qadri and several others were booked for their alleged involvement in the attacks.

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