Acquittal of Imran Khan in SSP torture case
ATC's decision challenged in IHC Islamabad
Through its counsel in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday, government has challenged the acquittal decision of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan by Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in a 2014 case regarding the alleged torture of Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Islamabad, Asmatullah Junejo,.
The government has filed a petition in the court demanding that the acquittal decision must be declared void and directives should be issued to conduct a trial in the SSP Junejo’s, torture case.
Chairman PTI Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Tahirul Qadri staged a sit-in in 2014 in Islamabad, which had seen as many as 14 people killed and 100 others injured when police attacked Qadri’s residence during an ‘anti-encroachment’ operation.
During the Islamabad sit-in, the SSP was severely beaten up by a group of violent protesters on Constitution Avenue as they stormed the Pakistan Television (PTV) headquarters and the precincts of the Parliament on September 1, 2014.
Subsequently, a case was registered against Khan, Qadri, and others for the torture of Junejo and five other police officers. Arrest warrants had also been issued against the two leaders.
However, an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad on May 4 acquitted the PTI chief without holding a trial.
The petition filed in the IHC by Advocate General Islamabad states that in the case’s First Information Report (FIR), Imran Khan’s name was underlined as having a “special role” in the whole debacle whereby he stood on top of his container and incited supporters to beat the SSP.
Furthermore, the petition asserts that the case against Khan has evidence in the form of eyewitness accounts and testimonies that were all recorded at the time, but the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad on May 4 had announced their approval for his acquittal in a rushed hearing of the case without conducting a proper trial.
Therefore, the IHC was requested to conduct a trial in the case and declare the ATC’s decision to acquit the PTI chief, null and void. News Desk