A lawsuit against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and others over alleged abuse against participants of the 2014 sit-in in the federal capital of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) was quashed by Islamabad’s Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Thursday.
Last week, ATC Judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan reserved the verdict on the report submitted by the police station of the Secretariat, seeking to overturn the lawsuit against the Sharifs and others Nawaz.
The appellant in the matter was Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
During the sit-in, he accused the Sharifs, former Minister Chaudhry Nisar, and others of being responsible for violent actions against the PTI and PAT workers.
Mr. Qureshi originally forwarded the report to the police at the Secretariat. However, because the police were hesitant to file the First Information Report on the matter, the Foreign Minister forwarded the complaint to an additional district and session judge, asking that the FIR be reported.
Police recommended the FIR to be quashed after undertaking inquiries into the matter.
In the Parliament House assault case, which is connected to the attack on the same day, the same court recently acquitted Prime Minister Imran Khan.
A lengthy march on the capital, mounted by the PTI, resulted in the 2014 sit-in near Parliament House. Mr Khan referred to the rally as the “Azadi march,” or “Independence march,” and on August 14, the workers of his party took off from Lahore.
Mr Khan described the final stage of his party’s agitation against alleged fraud in the 2013 elections as the protest march and vowed to overthrow the Muslim League-Nawaz government of Pakistan by peaceful protests.
Maulana Muhammad Tahirul Qadri of the PAT also announced the start of a similar protest after the PTI leader announced his intentions. “He called the” Inqilab march “his protest. The march of Maulana Qadri has started on Aug. 14.
Clashes broke out on Aug 30 between police and PTI and PAT members and supporters as demonstrators attempted to march on the House of Prime Ministers.