Sit-in 2014 was lawful protest not terrorism says Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD (Monitoring desk): Imran Khan chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf said that 2014 Sit-in was a rightful political protest and filing of terrorism cases against it is ridiculous.

Imran expressed these views regarding the Sit-in of 2014, while talking to media outside anti-terrorism court on Thursday. He was there to appear in case regarding injuries sustained by then SSP Asmatullah Junejo during the Red Zone attack. Imran was summoned today by Judge Shahrukh Arjumand during a hearing on January 31.

The ATC is entertaining cases against PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leaders, including case of attack on state television (PTV) building, Parliament and Junejo.

Hearing on remaining cases is scheduled for February 26.

Violence had broken out in the federal capital on September 1, 2014 when PAT and PTI protesters tried to break a police cordon to storm the PM House using cranes to demolish barricades.

Sit-in protesters took to storming the PM House after talks between the government, PTI and PAT to end the deadlock regarding resignation of then prime minister Nawaz Sharif, crumbled.

The two parties were protesting ‘rigging’ in the 2013 general elections.

The clashes between police and protesters resulted in the deaths of three people and injuries to over 560.

77 of the injured were security officials deployed in Red Zone including SSP Junejo who remained admitted in the ICU for several days owing to the serious injuries he sustained.

It was Junejo’s first day on the post, after assuming command from Ali Nekokara. Junejo, known as an upright officer, was recently posted back to the capital as the assistant inspector general (operations).

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