ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) issued a written order Tuesday regarding the release of Prime Minister Imran Khan in a case relating to the attack on the Parliament building and state TV during the 2014 protests. ATC Judge Raja Jawad Abbas, in his nine-page decree, stated that The FIR was registered on the second day of the incident even though the regional police station was only 2 km away. There is no good reason for the delay in registering the case. The decree stated that there were no charges of murder, terrorism and other crimes against Imran Khan, instead as chairman of a political party he was accused of only inciting protesters to attack government property.
Imran Khan was accused of provoking his party workers through his speech, but a transcript of his speech was made part of the case notes, he said. An additional challenge posed by the police has stated that PTI chief Imran Khan had prevented protesters from damaging government property during the sit-in. The court order stated that there was no evidence against Imran Khan related to his workers’ provocation to destroy public property.
It further said that according to the prosecution, the leadership of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had ordered their 21,000 protesters to march towards the Prime Minister’s Building and Parliament.
However, only 131 people were registered with FIR for several reasons. The nature of cases against society is common. The ruling said that if Article 144 had come into force on that day, the cases should have been registered against the 21,000 people.
Why was large crowds allowed to enter Islamabad and the Red Zone to sit after Article 144 was enforced. The public prosecutor also told the court that it was only a politically fabricated case as no evidence was gathered that could support the stand of the prosecution.
The public prosecutor further told the court that it would be a waste of court time to proceed with the trial of Imran Khan.