Pak court issues arrest warrants against Imran, Qadri

An anti-terrorism court on Wednesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Pakistan Tehreek- i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and fiery cleric Tahirul Qadri for attacking the state Television building and the Parliament during protests here in September.

PTI| Last Updated: Nov 13, 2014, 00:03 AM IST

Islamabad: An anti-terrorism court on Wednesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Pakistan Tehreek- i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and fiery cleric Tahirul Qadri for attacking the state Television building and the Parliament during protests here in September.

Dawn online reported that the court in Islamabad also issued arrest warrants for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, PTI Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, PTI leader Asad Umar and PAT leader Raheeq Abbasi.

A case was registered against these leaders at secretariat police station in Islamabad.

In September, protesters broke into the PTV headquarters and took over the programming control room and transmission was taken off air temporarily.

Later, army stepped in to remove them and restore the transmission. But the protesters damaged furniture and television equipment during the rampage.

They also took away rare pictures, food items from canteen and even the sound system from the building's mosque.

Following the attack on PTV, the federal government termed it an act of "aggression and violence".

The government had said action would be taken in accordance with the law against those responsible for the attack.

Both Qadri and Khan had launched protests in August seeking ouster of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Qadri wrapped up protests last month after a reported deal with the government but Imran is still protesting in front of parliament.