ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Friday appeared before the Anti-Terrorism Court in four terrorism cases registered against him.

ATC judge Shahrukh Arjumand conducted hearing against the PTI chief in four cases — attacking the Parliament, Pakistan Television Corporation building and Senior Superintendent of Police — during the 2014 sit-in.

During the hearing, the court directed Khan to cooperate with the investigation officer and record his statement in all the four cases. Later, the court deferred the hearing till December 7.

Talking to the media after the court appearance, the PTI chief said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was attacking the judiciary and the army but “the PTI wants to strengthen the institutions”. “My sit-in was a political one as it was carried out to raise the issue of rigging in 2013 elections,” he said.

Khan said that the federal government has termed his political protest ‘terrorism’ so that he could be silenced. “Political people are being accused of terrorism,” he said.

Khan said that the ousted prime minister was attacking the institutions in an attempt to save his illegally acquired wealth.

Replying a question, he said, “Do not compare me with Nawaz. Comparing me with him is like a comparison between me and Sultana Daku,” he said, adding, “Nawaz should tell how his financial assets were shifted abroad.”

The PTI chief said that “Sharif is a money-launderer who is only destroying democracy”. He also asked the former premier to provide details of 29 properties worth Rs300 billion.

Khan said that the apex court gave Sharif full opportunity to account for the money he transferred abroad, however, he had no answer.

The PTI chief said that he was the only Pakistani after Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who brought home his money that was earned abroad.

Previously, the ATC had granted bail to Khan in four terrorism cases against the surety bonds worth of Rs200,000 in each case and had also ordered him to cooperate with the investigation and get his statement recorded before the police.

On February 3, the ATC issued perpetual arrest warrants for Khan and PAT chief Tahirul Qadri in a case related to an attack on a former SSP Islamabad police during the 2014 sit-in.

The ATC judge had issued the perpetual arrest warrants after police submitted a report stating that the suspects could not be arrested despite the issuance of the proclamation against them. During the sit-ins in 2014, SSP Asmatullah Junejo was beaten up by protesters on Constitution Avenue on his first day on the job as SSP Operations of Islamabad police.

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

The ATC had issued warrants for Khan and Qadri with directions to the police to produce them before the court. However, police had informed the ATC that the execution of the arrest warrants against the two politicians could not be carried out as they were not found at their residences.

The police had also submitted a report before the ATC that a police party had gone to the residence of Khan in Bani Gala where a security guard informed it that the PTI chief was not available at home and neither he knew about his location. A similar report was also submitted with regard to PAT chief Qadri.