ISLAMABAD -  Special Anti-Terrorism Court, Islamabad, Wednesday summoned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan to appear before it on February 15 in SSP Asmat Junejo’s torture case.

ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand who heard the case also summoned Imran Khan to appear before the court on February 26 for hearing of two other cases regarding attacks on the PTV headquarters and the Parliament House.

The ATC accepted bail plea of PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi after he appeared before the court in the four cases registered against him on the charges of attacking Senior Superintendent of Police Asmatullah Junejo, Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) building and the Parliament House during the 2014 sit-in.

The PTI leader is one of the accused in the four cases related to the 2014 attack that took place during the party’s sit-in protest in the federal capital.

Following in the footsteps of his party chief and other leaders, Qureshi appeared before the ATC first time since he was nominated in the FIR and requested the court to grant him interim bail.

Judge Shahrukh Arjumand who heard the case ordered the PTI vice chairman to furnish a surety bond worth Rs 100,000.

Qureshi had been absconding for the last three years along with Imran Khan and other PTI leaders, including Asad Umar, Shireen Mazari and Aleem Khan.

The court issued orders to Qureshi, Umar, Mazari and Alvi to appear before the ATC on February 8.

Talking to media persons after the hearing, Qureshi claimed the cases against him were baseless and politically motivated. However, he was of the view that institutions of the state must be respected in order to strengthen the country.

Earlier, the Secretariat police had also submitted an interim charge-sheet before the ATC.

The charge-sheet named PTI Chief Imran Khan as an accused and attached a list of 14 witnesses against him. Footage of CCTV cameras about the attack on Junejo on the Constitution Avenue was also attached to the charge-sheet.

During the sit-ins in 2014, Senior Superintendent of Police Asmatullah Junejo was beaten up by protesters on his first day on the job as SSP Operations of ICT police.

Later, the Secretariat police registered four cases against several PTI and PAT workers for their alleged involvement in vandalism and attack on SSP Junejo.