ATC extends bail of PTI leaders

LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday extended interim bail of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Asad Umar till August 8 in three cases related to May 9 vandalism – including the attack on Jinnah House and Askari Tower.

The court has granted an extension of interim bail till August 8 to former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in three cases.

Additional Sessions Judge Abher Gul Khan approved the bail after hearing arguments from Qureshi’s lawyer in the case registered against the former foreign minister.

These cases are registered against Shah Mehmood Qureshi at the Sarwar Road, Gulberg, and Race Course police stations.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi has been facing legal scrutiny in relation to the Jinnah House and Military Tower cases.

Meanwhile the court also extended Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar’s interim bail until August 8 in the case of vandalism at Askari Tower.

The Gulberg police station had registered a case against him and other PTI workers for damaging public and private properties, including Askari Tower, during the May 9 protests. On the other hand, PTI leader Asad Umar also filed for interim bail in the Jinnah House and PML-N office arson cases.

The court ordered Asad Umar to cooperate with the investigation in these cases as well.

Furthermore, the court requested records of other cases in the next hearing.

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