An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri besides senior leaders of both parties in a case relating to the mob attack on Pakistan Television (PTV) building and Parliament House.
The court also issued arrest warrants for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, PTI leader Asad Umar and PAT leader Raheeq Abbasi. A case was registered against the politicians at Secretariat Police Station in Islamabad.
In September, charged protesters of PTI and PAT broke into the PTV headquarters, a state-owned media enterprise.
As soon as angry protesters entered the headquarters of the state-owned television channel, they took over the programming control room and transmission was taken off air temporarily. It was later restored after the army stepped in to vacate the building.
The protesters also damaged furniture and television equipment during the rampage.
Following the attack on PTV, the federal government termed it an act of “aggression and violence”.
The government had said that action would be taken in accordance with the law against those responsible for the attack.
Meanwhile, addressing supporters from his container at D-Chowk, Khan said that he stayed confined for 21 days in his container and thus going to jail will not be a big deal for him.
“I will not opt for pre-arrest bail,” said the PTI chief, adding that it will become clear during the proceedings of the case that the attack on PTV headquarters was actually orchestrated from “inside”.
Moreover, the PTI chief vowed to continue the protest sit-in till justice is served.