Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act on Saturday for threatening the police, judiciary and other government institutions at an Islamabad rally. Information in this regard came to light on Sunday.
Islamabad: The sword of arrest hangs over the head of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act on Sunday for threatening the police, judiciary and other state institutions at a rally in Islamabad a day earlier.
The matter came to the fore after Home Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Sunday that the government was considering registering a case against 69-year-old Khan for his provocative speeches at F-9 Park in the national capital on Saturday night.
A case under section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (punishment for acts of terrorism) was registered at Margalla police station in Islamabad at 10 pm on Saturday, according to a copy of the First Information Report seen by PTI.
He had reportedly made threats against the Islamabad police chief and a woman judge over what he claimed was the arrest and alleged torture of his close aide Shahbaz Gill, who is facing sedition charges.
The FIR states that Khan had terrorized and threatened “top police officers and a respected woman Additional Sessions Judge” in his speech, aimed at deterring him from carrying out his functions, and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) party. PTI) from taking any action against any person.
It said Khan’s speech caused fear and uncertainty in the police, judges and the country.
He had also raised objections to Additional District and Sessions Judge Jeba Choudhary, who, on the request of the capital police, granted two-day physical custody of Gill and said he should “prepare himself as action will be taken against him”.
“It has been observed that Mr Imran Khan, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, in his speeches/statements is continuously alleging state institutions by levelling baseless allegations and spreading hate speech through his provocative statements against state institutions and officers which is prejudicial to the maintenance of law and order and is likely to disturb public peace and tranquillity,” it said.
According to the statement, after analysing the content of Khan’s speech, it has been observed that the content was aired live by the licensees without an effective time delay mechanism.
The competent authority i.e. Chairman PEMRA in view of the above mentioned background and reasons hereby prohibits broadcast of live speech of Khan on all satellite TV channels with immediate effect, it added.