PM granted permanent exemption from appearance in PTV, Parliament attack cases

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An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Tuesday granted Prime Minister Imran Khan permanent exemption from appearing before it in cases related to attacks on Pakistan Television (PTV) and Parliament House in 2014. On September 1, 2014, hundreds of men, allegedly protesters from the PTI and PAT camps, had ransacked the PTV office, Parliament premises and brutally beaten up SSP Operations Islamabad, Junejo, less than 24 hours into his first day on the job. Imran, PAT chief Tahirul Qadri and several others were booked over their alleged involvement in the attack during the famousĀ  2014 sit-ins in the capital. The premier’s application was submitted by his counsel Babar Awan to ATC Judge Kausar Abbas Zaid. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jehangir Tareen, Aleem Khan and other party leaders’ requests for exemption were also accepted by the ATC.

ATC Judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi had summoned all accused in the cases today.