Imran, Qadri booked,  likely to be arrested

Charges under anti-terror act slapped  over attempt to attack Pak parliament

Islamabad : Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have been booked under the anti-terrorist act for attempting to attack Pakistan’s parliament.

The police registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Qadri on behalf of the government.

On Saturday night, supporters of Khan and Qadri tried to storm Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s residence by breaking through the police barricade.

The protesters, demanding resignation of Sharif over alleged rigging in last year’s election, also entered the lawn of parliament but they were stopped at the main entrance of the building where soldiers were deployed.

According to reports, the FIR was also registered against Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed and other senior leaders of PAT and PTI under terrorism laws, for breaching the agreement with Islamabad administration.

The sections of murder, intention of murder, intervention in state affairs and seven other sections were also included in the FIR, reports said.

After the FIR, Khan and Qadri can be arrested any time.

Another case is being prepared against the leadership of PAT and PTI for attack on Pakistan Television’s (PTV) building which will be lodged under the sections of damaging state property, looting and robbery, media reported.

With the political crisis taking a violent turn, the Supreme Court offered to assist in ending the ongoing political impasse between PTI, PAT and the ruling PML-N government.

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Friendly neighbour worried

Meanwhile, expressing concern over the political crisis in Pakistan, China appealed again to all sections of the country’s political spectrum to resolve the contentious issues through dialogue to maintain national stability.

“China follows the situation in Pakistan closely,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in response to a question over the deteriorating situation in Pakistan.

Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Tahirul Qadri and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan are agitating since August 14 against alleged rigging during the last year general elections. The political crisis has triggered violent clashes in Islamabad, leaving three persons dead and over 550 injured. “As a friendly neighbour we sincerely hope that all relevant parties in Pakistan will bear in mind the fundamental interests of the state and the people, properly resolve the issue through consultation and dialogue so as to jointly maintain national stability,” Qin said.

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