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ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court on Monday reserved its verdict on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s acquittal plea in the Pakistan Television (PTV) and Parliament House attack case.
The prime minister’s counsel Abdullah Babar Awan filed written arguments seeking the PM’s acquittal. He maintained that there was no evidence against the prime minister was involved in the case and no eyewitness came forward.
He said the prosecution is not ready to take further legal action against the premier, urging the court to exonerate him from all charges under Section 265 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). The anti-terrorism court reserved its judgement which will be announced on 29th October.
The court had reserved the verdict in November last year after Prime Minister Khan’s counsel Babar Awan completed his arguments. During the hearing, the prosecutor informed the court that the prosecution has no objection over the acquittal of Imran Khan.
When the presiding judge asked if the prosecution will oppose the application for acquittal, the prosecutor said it was a political case with no consequences.
On September 1, 2014, hundreds of alleged protesters from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) had ransacked the office of the PTV and premises of the parliament. The protestors also thrashed a senior police official serving as SSP operations.
Imran Khan, PAT Chief Tahir-ul-Qadri and several others were booked over their alleged involvement in the attack during the 2014 sit-ins. Many political leaders and over a hundred workers and supporters were also booked in the cases. The arrested activists were later released on bail.