ATC dismissed Imran Khan’s plea to seek removal of terrorism charges

ISLAMABAD: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday dismissed a plea filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s plea to seek removal of terrorism charges in four cases against him. 

ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand heard the cases filed against Khan over an attack on the state television building, the parliament and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Asmatullah Junejo during Islamabad sit-ins back in 2014.

At the outset of court proceedings, Khan’s counsel Babar Awan presented arguments against incorporation of terrorism charges against his client in the cases.

He contended that all the cases were filed merely on political differences as his client has been in the forefront in the anti-corruption campaign.

“Protest is a fundamental right guaranteed to the citizens by the constitution of the country,” Awan argued. He then submitted a plea to seek removal of terrorism charges from the cases.

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