Pakistan's anti-terror court orders Imran Khan's arrest
Former cricketer and Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Imran Khan (C) waves on his arrival along with party leaders during an anti-government rally in Lahore on September 3, 2016. Photograph: (AFP)
A Pakistani anti-terror court today ordered police to arrest cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri by November 17 in connection with an attack on the Pakistan Television headquarters during an anti-government protest in 2014.
The court in Islamabad issued the orders during regular hearing of PTV attack case.
Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi expressed annoyance at police failure to implement its orders, according to a court official.
The judge also ordered that Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) and firebrand cleric and chief of Pakistan Awami Tehrik Tahirul Qadri should be arrested and presented before the court by November 17 along with 68 supporters of the two parties who were involved in the attack.
The attack occurred on September 1, 2014 when Khan and Qadri were protesting in Islamabad against alleged poll rigging and demanding removal of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
At the height of tension about 400-500 supporters of two leaders invaded and Pakistan Television (PTV) headquarters and forced it to cease transmission.
The transmission was restored after some hours when army troops intervene and persuaded the protesters to disperse peacefully.
It was for the time when the state television was taken off air since 1999 military coup by Pervez Musharraf who toppled the Sharif-led government.
The latest orders by the court amid Khan launching another protest on November 2 to force Sharif step down over the issue of alleged corruption.