Parliament house attack: Verdict reserved on ministers’ pleas

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An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Thursday reserved its verdict on applications of federal ministers Asad Umar, Pervaiz Khattak and Shafqat Mehmood seeking acquittal in the 2014 Parliament House and PTV attack case.

The court will pronounce the verdict on March 9.

Shafqat Mahmood, Asad Umar, Ijaz Chaudhry, Raja Khurram Nawaz and other accused turned up before Judge Muhammad Ali Warraich as he resumed hearing.

As many as 11 accused, including the federal ministers and disgruntled PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen, moved the applications seeking their acquittal under Section 265-K of the criminal procedure code.

It is noteworthy that Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was also named in the case, was acquitted by the anti-terrorism court in October 2020.

On Sept 1, 2014, hundreds of protesters belonging to the PTI and PAT stormed the Parliament House and PTV headquarters and forced its staff to take two of the state broadcaster’s flagship channels PTV News and PTV World off the air.

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