Pakistan's anti-terrorism court acquits Imran Khan in 2014 Parliament attack case
On 31 August, 2014, workers of the now ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek marched towards the Parliament and Prime Minister’s House and clashed with police, killing three and injuring 26
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was acquitted by an anti-terrorism court on Thursday in the 2014 Parliament attack case but other senior ministers, including Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, were summoned for indictment, according to media reports.
Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan, however, halted proceedings against President Arif Alvi due to the presidential immunity granted to him, The Express Tribune reported.
On 31 August, 2014, workers of the now ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) marched towards the Parliament and Prime Minister's House and clashed with police, killing 3 persons and injuring 26 others.
Police had invoked sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act against Khan and other PTI leaders.
According to a report in the Dawn newspaper, Prime Minister Khan's acquittal comes after he this week urged the court to acquit him as the prosecution was no longer interested in pursuing the case.
The application filed by his lawyer stated that the prosecution was not interested in prosecuting the applicant (Imran Khan)".
The applicant is maliciously implicated and dragged in this false case. Further proceedings shall cause harassment and political victimisation. Particularly, after the prosecution stands in favour of the acquittal of the applicant, it said.
According to the counsel, not a single witness of the prosecution had linked the prime minister with the offence, adding that there was no direct or indirect evidence available on record against the prime minister, the report said.
Prosecution lawyers are appointed by the government and take instructions from it. The then prosecution team under the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had fought the Parliament attack case but with a new team under the PTI government, the situation has changed, Dawn report noted.
Judge Hassan summoned Foreign Minister Qureshi, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood and Planning Minister Asad Umar at the next hearing on November 12 for indictment.
Provincial ministers Aleem Khan and Shaukat Yousafzai, as well as PTI's former secretary-general Jahangir Tareen, have also been summoned at the next hearing.
Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) worker Mubashir Ali has been acquitted in the case.
Geo News reported that PAT chairman Tahirul Qadri has been declared a fugitive.
Imran Khan has opted for anonymity over fame. There is no chance of a comeback. Imran is just not interested in being a film star.
Pakistan’s National Security Policy: Politically orphaned, non-serious attempt that seeks to pull wool over Western eyes
The NSP is a political orphan. Though it has reportedly taken seven years to formulate, the document lacks the kind of political proprietorship that lends validity to such a treatise.
For the first time in over 75 years not only are there no Indian advisors in Afghanistan, there are now Pakistani advisors in their stead. This alone may be worth the price that Pakistan will continue to pay for its victory in Afghanistan