ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court in Islamabad has summoned Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, along with several hundred Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers, in connection with the violent protests that unfolded on May 9. This decision was made during a hearing on January 25, held inside the Adiala Jail compound. The court has scheduled the date for their indictment.
Imran Khan faces nine cases related to the May 9 protests, while Shah Mahmood Qureshi is confronting six. Both leaders have already received 10-year jail sentences in the cipher case.
The protests erupted nationwide on May 9, 2023, following Imran Khan’s arrest by Rangers in the Toshakhana case from the Islamabad High Court. These demonstrations escalated into violence in various areas, leading to attacks on the General Headquarters and the Corps Commander House in Lahore.
The summoning of Imran Khan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and numerous PTI workers is part of the ongoing legal proceedings linked to the incidents during the May 9 protests. Anti-terrorism courts are established to address cases involving terrorism or violent activities posing a threat to public safety and security.
As the legal proceedings continue, the indictment process will shed more light on the charges and accusations against the individuals involved, offering insights into the legal implications of their actions during the protests.