IHC orders removal of terror provisions in case against Imran Khan

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered the authorities to remove terrorism provisions in the anti-terrorism case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for threatening a woman judge.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah said that no evidence could be provided to prove Imran Khan guilty of terrorism. He said, “I am repeatedly asking you that during the investigation, anything came out other than Imran Khan’s speech? You said no, nothing more has come out.”

IHC CJ inquired about the views given by the joint investigation team (JIT). The prosecutor replied that JIT was of the view that ATA sections were applicable to the statement of the former prime minister.

Imran’s lawyer, while opposing the argument, said that a terror case could be lodged for creating an atmosphere of fear and terror, not on the possibility of creation of such atmosphere. He maintained that PTI chairman had spoken about taking legal action and lodging a case.

The prosecutor said that Imran Khan was former the prime minister and possibly for the future; adding that he also has a lot of followers.

A two-member bench of the Islamabad High Court comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Saman Rifat Imtiaz heard the case.

Khan was booked in in a case after he had made threatening remarks about a woman additional and sessions judge during a rally in F-9 park Islamabad.

The FIR registered against him had stated that he had threatened a woman judge and senior officers of the capital police to terrorise the police and judiciary.