LAHORE: In a tit-for-tat move, the Punjab government on Monday registered a terrorism case against two PML-N federal ministers and PTV officials for allegedly inciting violence and religious hatred against PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
The terrorism case has been filed against Federal Minister Mian Javed Latif, Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb, Pakistan Television (PTV) Managing Director Sohail Khan and Controller Program Rashid Baig at the Green Town police station in Lahore.
The case was registered at a request of a PTI activist named Irshad-ur-Rehman.
“Mian Javed Latif declared Imran Khan non-Muslim, facilitator of non-Muslim and being outside the ambit of Islam by distorting his statements and presenting them without context during a TV show,” the FIR stated.
Following his party agenda, Javed Latif used the religion card against Imran Khan and deliberately used such words to fan sectarian hatred and intensify religious tension in the country, the complainant said, adding that his statement was aimed at creating a law and order situation in the country.
“A large number of people were aghast at his remarks,” read the FIR.
The FIR further said that the PML-N leader’s remarks about Imran Khan had hurt PTI’s workers and his millions of followers.
The next day, Javed Latif again repeated his accusation against Imran Khan during a press conference.
The complainant accused the PML-N ministers of using the government’s resources for their evil designs and political purposes. He maintained the PML-N leader “committed the crime” with the alleged support of the PTV’s officials and sought action against them.
The PML-N leader launched the propaganda against Imran Khan after consultation and support of his party leadership, Maryam Aurangzeb and others, said the complainant.
Last month, an FIR was registered against former prime minister Imran Khan under the Anti-Terrorism Act for threatening an additional sessions judge and senior police officers of the Islamabad Police at a rally in the federal capital’s F-9 Park.
The FIR was registered on the complaint of Magistrate Ali Javed in Islamabad's Margalla Police Station under Section 7 of ATA.
It stated that the PTI chairman threatened Additional Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry and police officers at a rally in F-9 Park to “terrorise” police officials and the judiciary.
The main aim of the intimidation was to prevent the police officers and judiciary from carrying out their legal obligations, the FIR added.
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