FJC attack case: ATC issues perpetual arrest warrants for nine PTI leaders

FJC attack case: ATC issues perpetual arrest warrants for nine PTI leaders

Islamabad (Web Desk): An anti-terrorism court (ATC) Islamabad in on Wednesday issued perpetual arrest warrants for nine Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders in Federal Judicial Complex (FJC) attack case.

Judge Abul Hasnat Zulqarnain of ATC issued arrest warrants for forler federal ministers including Shibli Faraz, Omar Ayub Khan, Hammad Azhar, Murad Saeed, and Ali Amin Gandapur in a case related to violence outside the FJC the Judicial Complex Islamabad.

The perpetual arrest warrants were also issued for PTI leaders including Ali Nawaz Awan,, Hassaan Khan Niazi, Umer Sultan and Muhammad Asim.

The court also issued arrest warrants for Farrukh Habib, who earlier this month had parted ways with the PTI.

The court gave the decision after the suspects’ failed to appear before the court despite being summoned.

The court declared the suspects proclaimed offenders, and directed "Wherever the accused are seen, they should be arrested and presented to the court."

The case relates to clashes between the police and PTI workers on the occasion of party chairman Imran Khan’s appearance in Toshakhana case at the FJC  in March.

In these clashes, group of police officers and PTI supporters went into the violent confrontation with teargas used from both sides to push the opposing side back.

The PTI used rocks against the police alongside petrol bombs to set their vehicles on fire, the violent clash resulted in a police outpost set on fire by a mob and during the confrontation over 25 officials were injured.

Later, former premier Imran and other PTI leaders were booked in cases at the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and the Golra Police Station, for attacking the police and creating unrest outside the FJC, Islamabad, during the hearing of the Toshakhana case.

PTI leader and former Punjab chief minister Parvez Elahi was also arrested in the case in September hours after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed his release suspending his detention under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) ordinance.

On October 24, the court extended Elahi’s judicial remand till November 21.