Former prime minister Imran Khan said on Friday that the threats he reportedly hurled at a female judge in a rally do not fall under “terrorism” and the case should be dismissed as he is “innocent”.
The PTI chairman called for the dismissal of the terrorism case in the written reply submitted to the joint investigation team (JIT), formed to probe the case through his lawyer.
“I am the chairman of Tehreek-e-Insaf, I have been the prime minister of Pakistan, the government tortured Shahbaz Gill due to political opposition, the report filed in the Islamabad High Court proved the torture of Shahbaz Gill,” Imran told the JIT.
The PTI leader added that what he said in the speech cannot be categorised as terrorism, adding that he neither committed any illegal acts nor harmed anyone.
Even though the PTI chairman submitted a written reply, he was directed by a court to be a part of the investigation in the case.
Imran was asked to appear before the JIT at the Margalla Police Station on Friday at 3 pm but he did not show up.
Last week, an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad extended the interim bail of the PTI chairman till September 12 in the terrorism case related to his controversial remarks about the female sessions court judge Zeba Chaudhry and the capital city police.
The court directed the ex-prime minister to submit Rs100,000 as surety against the bail.
THE CASE: A case was registered against the former prime minister under the Anti-Terrorism Act for threatening the additional sessions judge and senior police officers of the Islamabad Police during a public rally.
The party moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) where Khan managed to secure a transit bail till August 25, but was asked to approach the ATC as the case was terrorism-related.
The FIR registered against Khan states that he threatened Additional Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry and police officers at a rally in F-9 Park to “terrorise” police officials and the judiciary.
The main aim was to prevent the police officers and judiciary from carrying out their legal obligations, states the FIR.
The FIR was registered on the complaint of Magistrate Ali Javed in Islamabad’s Margalla Police Station under Section 7 of ATA.
At a rally in Islamabad, Imran warned that he would “not spare” Islamabad’s inspector-general, deputy inspector general, and the female magistrate, vowing to file cases against them for “torturing” Gill.
“We will not spare the IG and DIG,” he said while addressing the gathering.
The former prime minister called out the sessions judge, who had approved Gill’s two-day physical remand at the request of the capital police, and said she, too, should “get ready” as a case would also be registered against her.
The PTI chief led the rally in Islamabad from Zero Point to F-9 Park in support of Gill, who the party claims was subjected to “gruesome torture” in police custody.