Imran Khan says if terrorism cases could be registered against him then these cases could be registered against anyone
Says how a money launderer could be the finance minister of the country
ISLAMABAD, Nov 14 (SABAH): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan appeared on Tuesday before an anti-terrorism court (ATC) judge Shahrukh Arjamund hearing four cases against him. The court has also directed Imran Khan to cooperate in police probe.
Imran Khan, through his counsel Babar Awan, surrendered himself before the ATC, which had issued non-bailable warrants against him and declared him a proclaimed offender as he had not appeared in a single hearing. The ATC approved the PTI chairman’s bail for Rs200,000 in each case.
Imran Khan appeared before the court after a time span of one and a half year in the cases pertaining to attacks on Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) office and Parliament during sit-ins and forcibly releasing the suspects.
The court accepted his bail in aforementioned cases over surety bonds of Rs2 lac each and directed him to also submit guarantee of two people in this regard. The hearing was then adjourned until November 24.
Speaking to the media outside the court, Imran Khan said the party was peacefully protesting [in 2014] for transparent elections but a terrorism case was lodged against them. Imran Khan said, ‘Am I look like a terrorist as terrorism case was filed against me for staging peaceful protest.’
Imran Khan said that if terrorism cases could be registered against him then these cases could be registered against anyone. He said warrants could be issued against anyone on the name of terrorism. Imran Khan said that the day the name of Finance Minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar was appeared in NAB he should have resigned from his post. He said that Ishaq Dar is facing billions of rupees corruption case. He said how a money launderer could be the finance minister of the country. He said that the biggest problem of the country is money laundering.
Imran Khan said that the cases registered against him are politically motivated. He said the democracy is being harmed through this kind of cases.
Talking to media in the occasion, Imran Khan’s lawyer Babar Awan said that propaganda is being carried out against his client for not appearing in the court. He said justice is not given to those being killed in the state torture.
In 2014, Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek Chairman Tahirul Qadri had staged a major rally in Islamabad against alleged rigging in the 2013 elections and the Model Town tragedy, which had seen as many as 14 people killed and 100 others injured as police attacked Qadri’s residence during an ‘anti-encroachment’ operation.
Imran Khan had threatened to shut down the entire country in what was perceived as a bid to topple the government. The protest had continued for a record 104 days.
On Sept 1, 2014, while the sit-in was still ongoing, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Asmatullah Junejo had been beaten up by protesters on Constitution Avenue as they stormed the Pakistan Television (PTV) headquarters and the precincts of the Parliament.
A case had been registered against Khan, Qadri and others for torturing SSP Junejo and five other police officers. Arrest warrants had also been issued against the two leaders.