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Dharna violence cases: PM Imran gets permanent exemption from appearance

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court has granted Prime Minister Imran Khan permanent exemption on Tuesday from appearing before it in cases related to attacks on Pakistan Television (PTV) and Parliament House during the 2014 sit-in.

According to reports, the ATC also accepted the request of exemption of other PTI leaders including Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jehangir Tareen and other leaders.

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

PM Imran’s counsel, Babar Awan, appeared on his behalf before the ATC judge and submitted a request for the premier’s permanent exemption from hearings.

Earlier on Friday, PM Imran directed PTI’s legal team to file acquittal pleas in the cases registered against party leaders under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) during the 2014 sit-in.

The prime minister and other party leaders, including President-elect Dr Arif Alvi, Umar and Qureshi, are accused of attacking the Parliament and PTV office during the 2014 sit-in in Islamabad.

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