LAHORE (Agencies): An anti-terrorism court (ATC) has granted an extension of interim bail to 79 accused, including former federal minister Asad Umar and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Zain Qureshi, until April 20.

During the proceedings, Duty Judge Arshad Javed presided over the bail petitions. Zain Qureshi and other accused were present and marked their attendance. However, Asad Umar did not appear in person. Instead, an application was submitted on his behalf, requesting exemption from personal appearance for one day, which the court accepted.

Apart from Asad Umar and Zain Qureshi, several others, including Ali Imtiaz, Shahid Hussain, Zohaib Hasan, Ghulam Mohiuddin, Umar Maqsood, and Saifur Rehman, have also filed bail petitions.

The case stems from an incident at Jinnah House during the May 9 riots, where PTI leaders and workers are accused of attacking the premises. The charges fall under Sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Pakistan Penal Code.

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