Islamabad court acquits Imran, Asad Umar, PML-N MNA in vandalism case

ISLAMABAD: The court of a Judicial Magistrate on Tuesday acquitted PTI founding chairman Imran Khan, Asad Umar, and other suspects, including PML-N MNA Raja Khurram Nawaz, in the case of vandalism registered against them at Margallah police station.

Judicial Magistrate Mureed Abbas pronounced the verdict, which was reserved earlier.

Advocate Sardar Masroof Khan and Amina Ali appeared in the court on behalf of the suspects.

The lower court verdict came a day after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspended the sentence of Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi in the Toshakhana case.

The two-judge IHC bench, comprising IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Aurangzeb, heard Imran and Bushra’s appeals against their conviction in the reference. The court gave its ruling after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) lawyer said the Bureau had no objection to the suspension of sentence.

Speaking on the occasion, NAB Prosecutor Amjad Pervaiz said that after reviewing the case, he had reached the conclusion that it needed to be suspended. He requested the court to suspend the sentence, adding the appeals could not be heard at this stage.

Describing the NAB’s stance as ‘fair’, Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb remarked that he praised the bureau for the stance. IHC Chief Justice (CJ) Justice Aamer Farooq said that since the court was presently seized with the hearing of appeals in the US cypher case, it did not have time to hear arguments in the Toshakhana reference.

Barrister Ali Zafar, counsel for Imran and Bushra, argued that it was a different case altogether. “Therefore, I request the bench to hear the initial arguments.”

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