Imran appears before JIT over terrorism charges

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday appeared before a joint investigation team (JIT) probing terrorism charges against him after he threatened a sessions court judge during a public gathering in the federal capital.

In response to the JIT’s questions, the ousted premier maintained that he had called for legal action against the judge who had sent PTI leader Shahbaz Gill back on remand despite claims of custodial torture.

According to Express News, Imran was given a questionnaire containing 21 questions by the police team, and some questions were also asked verbally by the police. Sources claimed that he was interrogated for about 20 minutes by the investigation team headed by Senior Superintended of Police (SSP) Investigation.

In the statement, he maintained that he did not commit any act of terrorism in his speech and his speech did not fall under the category of terrorism. He reiterated that he had referred to legal action.

Imran also handed a written statement to JIT in charge SP Investigation Rukhsar Mehdi. In the statement, Imran maintained that the police registered a case of terrorism against him due to pressure from the 'imported government'.

He was asked if he had created an atmosphere of fear and panic by threatening police officers and the judge of the subordinate judiciary in a commanding manner, to which the ex-prime minister replied that no such thing occurred.

“I think it is vindictive and false,” he said.

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Talking to the media after appearing before the JIT, the ousted premier said it was 'comedy' that terror charges were lodged against him.

In a message to the incumbent government, he said that the more they come after him, the more they should be “prepared”.

The PTI chief said "a sea of people has started coming out and the government is unable to face the public".

He again claimed that television channels were shut down by the government during his recent telethon to collect funds for the flood victims.

“They do not get any money because of their theft”.

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