Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) has convicted senior leaders of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), including President Arif Alvi and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in the 2014 Parliament House attack and the office of state television channel PTV. acquitted.
Hundreds of activists and protesters of Imran Khan-led party ‘PTI’ and Pakistani Awami Tehreek (PAT) August 31, 2014 vandalized the PTV office and the Parliament House complex and brutally thrashed a senior police officer.
According to the news published in ‘The Dawn News’, other PTI leaders who have been acquitted include Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar, Defense Minister Pervez Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Labor and Culture Minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, Senator Ejaz Ahmed Chowdhury. and former party members Jehangir Tareen and Aleem Khan.
Party chief and Prime Minister Imran Khan was acquitted in October 2020. Judge Mohammad Ali Warraich delivered the verdict on President Alvi’s application and petitions by other party leaders for his acquittal.
Cases were filed against the President and other leaders for attacking PTV and Parliament during PTI’s sit-in demonstrations against the then PML-N government in 2014.
President Alvi had, earlier, refused to exercise special immunity in the case and opted to appear before the ATC. Prime Minister Khan, PAT chief Tahriul Qadri and some other leaders were tried for their alleged involvement in the attack.
According to the prosecution, three people were killed and 26 were injured in the incident, while 60 protesters were arrested.
The prosecution had produced 65 photographs, sticks, cutters etc. before the court to establish its case. Prosecution said the protest was not peaceful and PTI leaders had sought bail after three years.
The police had filed a case against Khan, Alvi and Umar, Qureshi, Shafqat Mehmooh and Raja Khurram Nawaz under the Anti-Terrorism Act for inciting violence.