PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday said his party would challenge the recent amendments to the National Accountability (NAB) Ordinance in the Supreme Court. Earlier this month, a joint session of parliament had passed three bills, including those related to electoral reforms and the accountability law. "Those who passed the NAB amendments should be thrown into jail due to their shamelessness," he said vehemently criticizing the govt.
Karachi: Additional Inspector General of Police (AIG) Javed Alam Odho said on Sunday that PTI member of the Sindh Assembly, Shabbir Qureshi, was arrested for alleged harassment. The matter of Qureshi's arrest was initially brought to light by PTI Sindh's spokesperson Haleem Adil Sheikh, who said the MPA was detained when he left his house for Fajr prayer, "after which he was shifted to an unidentified place." However, AIG Odho said that Qureshi has been arrested over a woman's complaint against alleged sexual harassment.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif defended the petrol price hike, saying that the government was "left with no choice" because of "those who struck the worst ever deal" with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). "Govt is left with no choice but to raise the prices due to IMF deal that PTI govt signed," he said, promising that he would take nation into confidence on the specifics of PTI-IMF deal soon.
Islamabad: On Tuesday, PTI leader Shireen Mazari said that her party had reservations against the new United States Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome. “American envoy met the foreign minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Foreign Office did not issue any statement or pictures of the meeting,” alleged the PTI leader. She added that Blome was the US envoy to Iraq when the government was changed there and that was the time when the Middle Eastern country was attacked
On Monday, PTI announced its candidates for the Punjab by-elections, slated for July 17, as the party seeks to retain the seats it lost last month. PTI Central Information Secretary Farrukh Habib announced that the party's parliamentary board approved the candidates' list for the by-polls and has allocated tickets to the respective people. The former state minister added that the party had assigned 18 seats, and the candidates for the remaining constituencies would be announced later.
Two days after the budget was formally presented in the National Assembly, the PML-N and the PTI continued to butt heads over each other's economic performance and the state of Pakistan's external debt. Earlier today, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb took to Twitter to share a video clip of Shaukat Tarin saying that PTI took 76% loans. "At last, Shaukat Tarin has admitted that Imran Khan took out loans worth Rs20 thousand billion during his four-year tenure, which is 76 percent of the loans taken out in Pakistan's history," She wrote.
Islamabad: On June 7, PTI Chairman Imran Khan warned the government that whether it put his party members in jail or employed other tactics, PTI's movement against the government would not stop. “The way they tortured us was not even witnessed during the martial law eras,” Khan told a gathering of lawyers at Bani Gala. “The government is trying to throw me in jail to stop our movement [...] but I am telling you, whether you put us in jails or resort to other measures, this movement will not stop,” the former premier said.
On Monday, a former adviser to the prime minister Shahzad Akbar denied the allegations of corruption leveled against him and issued a clarification. Taking to Twitter, Akbar wrote: "A baseless news regarding me which does not make any sense has been published by a news agency." He also requested media organizations to stop publishing the news and warned of legal action against those who failed to comply.
On Sunday, the PTI rejected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s invitation of holding a "grand dialogue" between all stakeholders of the country. PTI’s Central Information Secretary Farrukh Habib, said that the idea of a grand dialogue was offered by the incumbent government to hide its failures. “Those who served as a curse to the poor people have laid the foundation of political and economic chaos in the country,” said Habib. “The main beneficiary of their grand dialogue will not be health, economy, and education but Maqsood chaprasi,” alleged the PTI leader.
Islamabad: The Supreme Court Thursday returned the PTI's plea seeking protection from the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) as the Imran Khan-led party planned on holding a second long match. The Supreme Court's registrar raised objections to the petition, noting that the top court had already issued an order on the matter, and the PTI had not moved the relevant forum. "The petitioner (PTI) has not approached any other appropriate forum available under the law for the same relief and has also not provided any justification for not doing so," the SC's registrar said while raising the objection.
The government was prohibited from harassing and arresting Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers and leaders by the high courts in Islamabad and Lahore on Tuesday. The court orders come only hours after police launched a crackdown on the erstwhile ruling party, raiding party leaders' homes and allegedly compelling them to flee. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has issued notifications to the concerned parties, ordering them to stop harassing and arresting Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers and leaders.
Late Monday, Punjab Police raided the homes of many PTI leaders, including former energy minister Hammad Azhar, Usman Dar, and Babar Awan, as well as a police constable in Lahore. The news comes just hours after PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry cautioned the government not to use force to disrupt the "Azadi March," which is planned to commence on May 25. The government may arrest PTI officials and workers, according to the former information minister, but it would not be in their favour.
To preserve the safety and security of the people, the federal government has decided to prevent the PTI from organising a long march in Islamabad. The decision was made during a meeting of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif's political committee, during which the recent situation was discussed in light of the PTI's protest call. The meeting was called after a police crackdown on the PTI leadership in Lahore and Karachi, which resulted in the death of a police constable.
Police and the district administration of Sialkot halted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) activists from holding a rally at the CTI ground on Saturday, using tear gas and batons to scatter the party supporters who resisted the move. During the dispute, police arrested PTI leader Usman Dar and several other party supporters for attempting to organise a protest on Christian community land after DC Imran Qureshi had previously rejected permission.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday ordered the Islamabad police not to file blasphemy charges against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership in connection with the Masjid-e-Nabwi incident, in which 'unknown individuals' harassed officials of the Federal Government. The government accused the PTI leadership of promoting heckling and harassment of PML-N members at the mosque, including the information minister. Following that, several blasphemy complaints were filed against PTI leaders around the country, including Chairman Imran Khan. The PTI has sought the IHC to seek relief from the FIRs.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari claimed on Thursday that the PTI-led government had threatened him with martial law if the PDM did not agree to immediate elections in the country just a day before the no-confidence vote against then-Prime Minister Imran Khan. Bilawal Bhutto stated the threatening message was sent to him by a PTI minister during a National Assembly session today. The foreign minister, although criticising the previous government, stated that the new coalition government believed in democracy and fair elections.
Islamabad: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) challenged the cases against the party leadership relating to hooliganism at Masjid-e-Nabawi (PBUH) in the Islamabad High Court. The petition was filed by PTI's legal team comprising Advocate Faisal Fareed and Advocate Ali Bukhari on Fawad Chaudhary's behalf. The IHC has issued a circular to hear urgent cases even during holidays, under which petitions of urgent nature can be filed during Eid holidays.
Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) are pressuring the military to intervene and arrange early elections. The defence forces, on the other hand, appear to be adamant about being apolitical on this matter. The strategies being utilised by a sizable number of Tehreek-e-Insaf social media supporters — recently dubbed "social media warriors" by Imran Khan — may, however, backfire, owing to the malicious campaign waged against the army and its chief.
The ruling for the PTI foreign funding issue to be resolved within 30 days was suspended by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday. A single bench had ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan to complete the case within a month after the PTI submitted applications seeking Akbar S Babar's removal from the case, dismissal of the case, and the secrecy of the PTI papers. In response to PTI's intra-court appeal contesting a single bench's order, the IHC's division bench, composed of IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Babar Sattar, issued today's directive.
On Thursday, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leaders Shireen Mazari and Faisal Javed blamed the government for blocking routes to Minar-i-Pakistan in an attempt to impede the party's power show in Lahore. The Minar-i- Pakistan jalsa is underway where former premier Imran Khan is scheduled to deliver his speech later tonight. "First blocking all the roads leading to Minar-i-Pakistan, and now shutting off internet service!" Mazari tweeted. " ... imported govt & desperate crime minister (Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif) think they can stop the nation from rising against this criminal mafia of an imported govt!" She added.
Farrukh Habib, the Central Secretary Information of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, announced on Tuesday that the date of the PTI's public gathering, which was set for April 23 in the historic Minar-e-Pakistan, has been modified in honour of Hazrat Ali's martyrdom day (A.S). In a tweet, he announced that the public meeting will now take place on Sunday, April 24.
On Tuesday, PTI's central secretary general Asad Umar said that the party had drafted a petition regarding the alleged harassment of its social media activists and would file it in the high courts on Wednesday. The development came after recent reports that online activists associated with the PTI's social media wing were allegedly being harassed in the aftermath of party chairman Imran Khan's removal from the prime minister's office via a no-confidence movement.
On Imran Khan's call, PTI supporters took to the streets to protest his removal from office. The PM had said in an address to the country the day before he was voted out of power that he will not tolerate the establishment of a "foreign government" in Pakistan and that if that happens, he will seek public support. "We are not a tissue paper nation," the former prime minister declared during a live webcast, insisting that Pakistan does not want unilateral relations with any country.
Senior PTI leader and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry announced that his party members would resign from the National Assembly tomorrow (Monday). The decision to resign was tied up with the acceptance of PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif's nomination papers for prime minister's elections, to which the PTI had raised objections. In a later development, the NA Secretariat rejected the objections and accepted Shehbaz's nomination.
PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari said on Tuesday that the ruling PTI would be unable to appoint PML-Parvez Q's Elahi as Punjab's chief minister because it lacked the necessary numbers in the provincial parliament. "We [the opposition] are the only ones who have the numbers to accomplish it." We shall jointly nominate a candidate for Punjab's chief ministership. While speaking at a joint press conference with his son, party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, and Mohammad Aslam Bhootani, he continued, "It is too late now."
In a significant breakthrough, the combined opposition secured an agreement with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan on Tuesday night (MQMP). After the MQMP and the joint opposition delegation reached an agreement, Shehbaz Sharif, the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly and President of the PMLN, former President Asif Ali Zardari, Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, President PDM and Chief of the JUIF Maulana Fazlur Rehman visited Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui at the Parliament Lodges.
Former PTI communications secretary and founding member Akbar S Babar alleged on Thursday that the party admitted to fraudulently opening and operating eleven PTI accounts by many of its leaders. NA Speaker Asad Qaiser, KP Governor Shah Farman, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, senior Punjab minister Mian Mahmudur Rashid, and many more party MNAs and MPAs are among those who illegally registered and controlled eleven PTI accounts.
Islamabad: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Monday changed the venue of its planned March 27 power show in Islamabad from D-Chowk to Parade Ground. The decision came hours after Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IGP) Qazi Jamilur Rehman told the Supreme Court that section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The Code of Criminal Procedure, already in force in the capital, had been broadened to include the Red Zone area. In a tweet, the PTI said that "the Parade Ground will be more suitable to accommodate the number of people that are expected to participate in the rally." Earlier, PTI Senator Faisal Javed Khan, too, had tweeted that the D-Chowk would prove to be a "small venue" for what he described would be the "biggest rally in the history of Pakistan".
Islamabad: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said on Monday that PTI rejected the Opposition's "lotacracy" and their efforts to bribe the PTI lawmakers ahead of the no-confidence motion session. A meeting of the PTI core committee, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad, expressed full confidence in the leadership of the premier. “All party members, including the lawmakers, believe that only Imran Khan can rule the country during these challenging times,” he said, adding that the recent public gatherings held at various locations in the last few days have once again proved that PTI is a “federal party and not a divisional party”.
Islamabad: On Wednesday, Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry alleged that three MNAs of the ruling PTI had been “offered money” to back the Opposition’s no-confidence motion against the Imran Khan-led government. “Three of our MNAs including a minority and a woman member have reported that they have been offered money to give a vote in support of a no-confidence motion against PM Imran Khan,” he said in a press conference. He railed against the Opposition for the alleged move and vowed that the ruling party will not allow anybody to "revive the culture of horse-trading in the country."