An anti-terrorism court on Friday declared Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri as proclaimed offenders in a case relating to an attack on a senior police officer, SSP Asmatullah Junejo, and issued non-bailable warrants for both the leaders.
Secretariat police had registered FIR (211/14) against the PTI and PAT leadership and workers for attacking SSP Operation Asmatullah Junejo, who was leading a police party deployed to protect state buildings in the federal capital’s Red Zone. He tried to stop the charged workers of PTI and PAT from entering the Pak Secretariat; and he was wounded during a scuffle with protesters.
The ATC Judge, Syed Kosar Abbas Zaidi, heard the case related to the attack on SSP Junejo. During the course of proceedings, the prosecutor told the court police had not arrested Imran Khan and Qadri; nor have the leaders and others against whom non-bailable arrest warrants have been issued by the same court in a case pertaining to attack on Parliament House and PTV buildings during the sit-ins staged by the both PTI and PAT surrendered before police.
The Judge asked the police why they failed to arrest the accused as they deliver speeches at D-Chowk in front of the Parliament House on a daily basis. According to police officials, they have not arrested Imran Khan and other PTI leaders at the sit-in venue because they apprehend the breakdown of law and order even it they try to arrest them. Insofar as Dr Qadri is concerned, he is not present in the country. The police added that those who were nominated in the FIR regarding an attack on the SSP are not co-operating with the police during the course of investigation; hence the investigation has not proceeded.
Expressing annoyance over the failure of the nominated accused to appear in the case, the ATC judge declared Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri as proclaimed offenders and ordered for their immediate arrest. The court directed to display advertisements of both the ‘absconders’ at their residences and public places.
It is pertinent to mention that the same court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, PTI leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Jahangir Khan Tareen, Asad Umar, Shaukat Yousafzai, Shafqat Mehmood and Arif Alvi and PAT leaders Rahiq Abbasi, Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali and others for attacking Parliament House and PTV building.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT