ATC approves PTI leaders' bail in three cases

ISLAMABAD: Following the footsteps of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, three leaders of PTI have approached the anti-terrorism court to get bail before arrest in the SSP Junejo, PTV and Parliament attack cases and violation of Loudspeaker Act during the 2014 sit-ins in the capital.

The suspects — Asad Umer, Shireen Mazari, And Arif Alvi — have surrendered before the court after a passage of three years.

ATC judge Shahrukh Arjumand granted bail to the PTI leaders against a surety of Rs100,000 each in the cases.

Recently, the court had granted bail to Khan in these cases when he appeared before the court after being declared a proclaimed offender for his failure to appear before the court for over three years.

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Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has also been declared proclaimed offender in the cases but he has yet to appear before the court to face these charges.

ATC judge Sharukh Arjumand had earlier heard the concluding arguments of Imran’s legal counsel Babar Awan and prosecutor Shaqat Chaudhry on four cases registered against him for allegedly propagating violence during PTI’s 2014 sit-in in Islamabad.

Only recently, activists of PTI, rallying to express their support for sugarcane growers of Nooriabad, clashed with police at Metropole in Karachi.

The police detained 12 protesters including PTI senior leader Arif Alvi. However, he was later released.

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