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Pakistan Parliament attack case: President Alvi, Foreign Minister Qureshi relieved, court acquitted

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Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court (ATC) has acquitted senior leaders of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), including President Arif Alvi and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in connection with the 2014 attack on the parliament building and the office of state television channel PTV. . Done

Hundreds of activists and protesters from Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) vandalized the PTV office and parliament building complex on August 31, 2014 and brutally beat a senior police officer.

Other PTI leaders who have been released include Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar, Defense Minister Pervez Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Labor and Culture Minister Shawkat Ali Yousafzai, Senator Ejaz Ahmed Chowdhury and former PTI members, according to The Dawn News. Members Jahangir Tarin and Alim Khan. The party chief and Prime Minister Imran Khan was released in October 2022.

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Judge Mohammed Ali Waraich handed down the verdict on the plea of ​​President Alvi and other party leaders for his release. During the PTV sit-in protest against the then PML-N government in 2014, a case was filed against the President and other leaders for attacking PTV and Parliament. President Alvi, earlier, refused to apply special immunity in the case and chose to appear before the ATC.

Prime Minister Khan, PAT chief Tahriul Qadri and several other leaders were tried for involvement in the attack. According to the prosecution, three people were killed and 26 were injured in the incident, and 60 protesters were arrested.

The prosecution presented 65 pictures, sticks, cutters, etc. to the court to establish the case. The prosecution said the protest was not peaceful and that PTI leaders wanted bail after three years. Police filed charges against Khan, Alvi and Umar, Qureshi, Shafqat Mehmood and Raja Khurram Nawaz for inciting violence under the anti-terrorism law.

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