Pak anti-terrorism court issues arrest warrants for Imran Khan, Tahir-ul-Qadri

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Lahore, Nov 13: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Thursday issued warrants for cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri for instigating violence during anti-government protests in the country,an AFP report said.

The report said that judges Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi issued the orders for Khan, Qadri and 26 other people at Islamabad's Special Anti-Terrorism Court on Wednesday. No arrests has been made so far. However, cases have been registered against the duo under anti-terrorism laws for attacking PTV, parliament and other official buildings.

The protests led by Khan and Qadri began in August, seeking the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Thousands took part in the protest which soon led to violence in many parts of the country. Protesters clashed with police, tried to storm parliament and briefly took over state broadcaster Pakistan Television (PTV).

While Qadri called off his protest last month and left for Canada, Khan continues to lead the protest. Most evenings, he addresses supporters from the top of a shipping container outside parliament.

The protests have not been able to bring down the Sharif administration so far. Khan, a former cricketer, has announced a fresh protest rally in Islamabad on November 30.

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