PTI will Join if Tahirul Qadri takes to streets to protest

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf  Chairman Imran Khan has vowed to joined Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Tahirul Qadri if he takes to streets to protest against Punjab government.

Earlier Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan appeared today  in the anti-terrorism court in cases pertaining to the sit-in by PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in 2014.

During the hearing, police told ATC judge Shahrukh Arjumand, who is hearing the cases, that Imran has joined the investigation and is no longer an absconder.

Imran’s lawyer stated in the court that they have already challenged the jurisdiction of the ATC in the case, and the court should first decide on the matter.

The court has adjourned the hearing until December 11.

During a media talk after the hearing, the PTI chief said the 2014 sit-in was peaceful and instead of him, Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif and law minister Rana Sanaullah should be implicated in a terrorism case.

He reiterated his demand for resignation of Sanaullah and Shehbaz, saying they should be in jail for the violence during the Model Town incident of 2014.

This is the third time the PTI chief has appeared in the ATC in the cases.

Imran on Wednesday recorded his statement with the police on the orders of the ATC.

The ATC is hearing four cases against the PTI chief including assault on state television building, the Parliament and SSP Asmatullah Junejo.

Last month, Imran Khan, through his counsel, had surrendered himself before the ATC, which then approved the PTI chairman’s bail for Rs200,000 in each case. The court had earlier issued non-bailable warrants against him and declared him a proclaimed offender as he had not appeared in any hearing.

The court had also ordered Imran Khan to cooperate with the investigation and get his statement recorded before police.