Parliament attack case: ATC to announce verdict on PM’s acquittal plea on Oct 29


ISLAMABAD (News10) – Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) will announce the verdict on the acquittal plea of Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan in Parliament attack case on October 29.

During the hearing, PM Imran’s lawyer has been directed to submit written reply over which, the counsel said that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will also present his stance on court’s order.

He further requested to approve exemption plea of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Aleem Khan as he is suffering from coronavirus. Judge Raja Jawad Iftekhar has directed to submit coronavirus test report of Aleem Khan in the court.

PM Khan gets permanent exemption from appearance

Earlier, ATC had granted permanent exemption to Prime Minister Imran Khan from appearance in the in a case related to attack Parliament House.

Judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi heard the exemption petition filed by the premier. His counsel Babar Awan maintained that the co-accused can receive permanent exemption if there are more than one suspects in the case.

It is to be mentioned here that PM Khan, President Dr Arif Alvi, Asad Umar, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Shafqat Mehmood and Raja Khurram Nawaz are facing trial for allegedly attacking PTV building and Parliament House during 2014 sit-in.

The clash resulted in the deaths of three participants of the sit-ins. Hundreds, including demonstrators and police officials were also wounded.

Following this, police had invoked the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) against the responsible people.

The president is seeking constitutional immunity in the case. According to Article 248 (2) of the Constitution, “No criminal proceeding whatsoever shall be instituted or continued against the President or a Governor in any court during term of office.”

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Finance Minister Asad Umar also filed exemption pleas in the court citing official engagements. Similar petitions were submitted by other PTI leaders including Jahangir Tareen, Aijaz Chaudhry, Shafqat Mehmood and Saifullah. 

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