Court grants interim bail to Tareen in PTV, Parliament attack cases

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ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) general secretary and disqualified MNA Jahangir Tareen got interim bail from an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Monday in cases pertaining to attacks on PTV and Parliament in 2014.

Accepting Tareen’s interim bail, the court ordered him to submit Rs0.1 million in personal bond money.

Talking to media outside the court, the PTI leader denied meeting Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar, amid rumours that the latter may be joining PTI.

The ATC is hearing four cases, pertaining to the attack on the state television building, Parliament and SSP Junejo, against PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek leaders.

In August 2014, Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri took to streets in Islamabad against alleged rigging in 2013 general elections and Model Town sit-in. The protest continued for 104 days.

During the sit-in, the protesters beat up SSP Asmatullah Junejo on Constitution Avenue when they attacked the PTV headquarters and parts of the Parliament.

A case was then filed against Imran Khan, Tahirul Qadri and others for torturing the SSP and five other police officers.

PTI leaders Shireen Mazari, Arif Alvi and Asad Umar were granted bail in the cases earlier this year. The ATC also extended the interim bail of Imran Khan in the four cases in January.