- ATC calls PTI, PAT chiefs absconders
An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday ordered to temporarily seize the properties of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Tahirul Qadri till their production before the court.
The court issued notices to the Revenue Department and the Police Department to seize the properties of the two absconders, who face charges of destroying property in the Red Zone, attacking the state TV channel’s building and injuring a senior police officer.
The relevant SHOs were directed to produce the suspects in the court at the next hearing. On February 3, an ATC had issued perpetual warrants of the arrest against Imran and Qadri in a case related to an attack on a senior police officer during the 2014 sit-in which paralysed Islamabad.
ATC judge Sohail Ikram had issued the perpetual arrest warrants after the police submitted a report stating that the suspects could not be arrested despite a proclamation being issued. On September 1, 2014, during the sit-ins, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Asmatullah Junejo was beaten up by the protesters on the Constitution Avenue on his first day on the job as the SSP Operations of the ICT Police.
The Secretariat Police had registered a case against several PTI and PAT workers for their alleged involvement in vandalism and attacking SSP Junejo. The ATC had issued warrants for Imran and Qadri with directions to the police to produce them before the court. Later, the police had told the ATC that the execution of the arrest warrants against the two politicians could not take place as they were not found at their residence.
In August 2014, violence broke out in the federal capital when PTI and PAT supporters attempted to break a police cordon and storm the PM House, using cranes to remove barricades. The clashes between the police and the protesters resulted in the deaths of three people and caused injuries to over 560. Of the injured, 77 were security officials deployed in the Red Zone, including SSP Junejo.