Imran acquitted in Parliament House attack case

Updated: Oct 29,2020 08:15 GMT

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Islamabad, Oct 29 (IANS) An Islamabad-based anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Thursday acquitted Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in the 2014 Parliament House attack case.

ATC judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan, announced the ruling, Geo News reported.

The petition for Khan's acquittal was submitted by a lawyer for the federal government, with the prosecutor arguing at the last hearing that the case was made on political grounds and that it would be "a waste of the court's time".

The premier had informed the court through his lawyer, Abdullah Babar Awan, that the prosecution was in favour of the acquittal.

The court also decided to halt proceedings against President Arif Alvi owing to him holding the presidential office.

The court, however, decided to indict others named in the case, including Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood, and Planning Minister Asad Umar, as well as prominent party leader Aleem Khan and a former close aide of the premier, Jahangir Khan Tareen.

Prime Minister Khan Imran, as well as the other senior officials, were booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act after being accused of attacking the Parliament House and the office of the Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) during a sit-in in Islamabad in August 2014, reports Geo News.

The politicians had marched towards Parliament and Prime Minister's House in an attempt to topple the then PML-N government.

The protest had continued for more than 100 days.

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