ISLAMABAD (INP): 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 Dr Tahirul Qadri till their production in court.
The ATC based in the federal capital issued notices to the police and revenue 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 court at the next hearing.
On February 3, an ATC had issued perpetual warrants of arrest against Khan and Qadri in a case related to an attack on a senior police officer during the 2014 dharna which paralysed Islamabad. ATC judge Sohail Ikram had issued the perpetual arrest warrants after police submitted a report stating that the suspects could not be arrested despite a proclamation being issued.
On Sept 1, 2014 during the sit-ins, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Asmatullah Junejo was beaten up by protesters on Constitution Avenue on his first day on the job as SSP Operations of ICT Police. 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 Khan and Qadri with directions to the police to produce them before the court. Police had later 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 police and 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 Islamabad Operations SSP Asmatullah Junejo.