Arif Alvi will be seeking presidential immunity in the PTV attack case

September 7, 2018

President-elect Dr Arif Alvi will be invoking presidential immunity in the PTV attack case.

A hearing of the case was held on Wednesday at the ATC in Islamabad. The case involves PTI and PAT workers and leaders attacking PTV in 2014.

Dr Alvi’s lawyer Ali Bukhari said his client has been elected president of the country and will be seeking immunity in the case. However, he did not say in this in court. He said this while speaking to the media after the hearing ended.

By invoking this immunity, the proceedings against Dr Alvi cannot continue. Bukhari said that ATC judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi will be informed of this at the next hearing.

Under Article 248 of the Constitution, criminal cases cannot be lodged or proceeded with against the president or governors during their terms in office.

Two cases against former president Asif Ali Zardari were stopped and during the subsequent case hearing on December 13, 2012 at the Islamabad High Court it was ruled that even when invoking immunity, the court needs to be consulted.

The attack occurred during the 126-day PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek protest against the PML-N government in 2014.

Workers and leaders of the parties marched towards Parliament House and Prime Minister House in Islamabad and attacked the PTV office. During a clash between protesters and the police 50 workers attacked and seriously injured SSP Asmatullah Junejo.

Cases were lodged against Prime Minister Imran Khan, PAT head Tahirul Qadri, Dr Alvi, Finance Minister Asad Umer, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Federal Education and National Heritage Minister Shafqat Mahmood and Raja Khurram Nawaz Gandapur under the Anti-Terrorism Act for inciting violence.

According to the prosecution, three people were killed, 26 injured and 60 arrested.

 
 

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