The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday dropped the terrorism charges against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Imran Khan after he was booked under ATA for threatening a sessions court judge and top cops during a public gathering.
However, other charges in the case remain in place against the PTI chief. The IHC was hearing a case against Imran’s plea to dismiss the terrorism charges levelled against him.
A report presented in court by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) declared the terrorism case against Imran valid.
The court had sought the JIT’s input and has asked if the terrorism charges were applicable or not, which the investigation team found to be valid.
Special Prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi informed the court that the terrorism section is applicable and that a challan on the matter has also been prepared.
However, Imran’s counsel Salman Safdar argued that some basic provisions are to be met for the terrorism charge to hold which he claimed were absent in this case.
“A case for terrorism can only be made when an atmosphere of fear and terror has been created, not at the mere possibility of such an atmosphere being created,” he furthered adding that a legitimate request would have in that case “come from those who were targeted in the statement”.
Earlier, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in the federal capital extended the PTI chief’s bail last week in the terrorism case against him until September 20.
Imran has also repeatedly not appeared before the JIT probing into the case registered against him under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) at the Margalla police station in Islamabad.
Police sources say that after the interim bail secured by Imran, the PTI chief himself had to be involved in the investigation.