PTI to join PAT if it comes on roads: Imran

ISLAMABAD –  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan Thursday announced to support and join Pakistan Awami Tehreek whenever it comes out on roads to protest against the Model Town incident.

He said this while talking to media after appearing before the anti-terrorism court in four cases registered against him on charges of attacking Senior Superintendent of Police Asmatullah Junejo, Pakistan Television Corporation building and Parliament during the 2014 Islamabad sit-in.

Imran said Baqar Najafi report had exposed the lies of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and therefore, he and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah must resign for killing Pakistani citizens.

He was of the view that 2014 sit-in was peaceful and reiterated his demand for resignation of Sanaullah and Shehbaz, saying they should be in jail for the violence during the Model Town incident of 2014.

“Only a fascist government, product of a dictator, can implicate political opponents in terrorism cases,” maintained PTI chief.

Imran said that he brought back his money to Pakistan instead of hiding it abroad. He made it clear that he would not shake hands with criminals and would send them to Adiyala Jail.

Imran also condemned US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital on behalf of all Muslims. The land of Palestinians was occupied and their people are martyred, he commented.

He urged all Muslim countries to stand against Trump’s decision and said people like US President do not consider Muslims even humans.

Earlier, during hearing of the cases before the ATC, Imran’s counsel Babar Awan stated that they had already challenged the jurisdiction of the ATC in the case, and the court should first decide on the matter before proceeding with the case.

The PTI chief requested the court to send the cases to sessions court. He adopted before the court that he was protesting along with his party for the rights of people.

The prosecutor objected on it and said that Imran provoked his workers to beat police officers and to attack government buildings and there was solid evidence against PTI chairman. He maintained that 10 sections of Anti-Terrorism Act were applicable against Imran.

Imran’s counsel responded that then half of the Punjab police should be arrested in terrorism cases in the light of Justice Baqir Najafi’s report. He added that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and Punjab chief secretary were also facing the same charges of terrorism.

Awan contended that federal government removed terrorism charges against the protesters of Faizabad sit-in after making deal.

Later, the judge summoned reply from the police regarding the transfer of cases to sessions court till the next hearing. The court also extended Imran’s bail in four cases till December 11.

Previously, the ATC had granted bail to Chairman PTI Imran Khan after he appeared before the court in four terrorism cases registered against him.

The court had granted bail to Chairman PTI against the surety bonds worth of Rs200,000 in each case and also ordered him to cooperate with the investigation and get his statement recorded before the police.

It was February 3, 2017 when an ATC had issued perpetual arrest warrants of Imran and Qadri in the case related to an attack on a senior police officer during the 2014 sit-in protest which had paralysed Islamabad.

The ATC judge had issued the perpetual arrest warrants after police submitted a report stating that the suspects could not be arrested despite a proclamation being issued.

During the sit-ins in 2014, Senior Superintendent of Police Asmatullah Junejo was beaten up by protesters on Constitution Avenue on his first day on the job as SSP Operations of ICT Police.

Later, Secretariat police had registered four cases against several PTI and PAT workers for their alleged involvement in vandalism and attacking SSP Junejo.

Before departure from the court’s premises, Imran expressed his anger over his repeated appearances before the court. He seemed furious over his lawyer Babar Awan after hearing the terrorism cases registered against him. Imran told Babar Awan before sitting in the car that he thought it was going to be his last appearance before the court. Babar Awan was still trying to explain himself when Imran shut his car’s door and left for his residence in Bani Gala. “They will keep summoning me. I thought this was the last time [I was to appear],” he complained to his lawyer Babar.


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