On Monday, former information minister Fawad Chaudhry confirmed that “informal communications” between the PTI and federal government, about the snap elections, had begun. Speaking to the media in Lahore today, Chaudhry said: “We are trying to make the coalition representatives, especially Finance Minister Ishaq Dar […] who is more [determined] from the PML-N […] we told the president […] the problem is that the government is rapidly becoming irrelevant due to the economic situation.”
London: According to Geo news, a fact-finding committee formed to investigate the killing of journalist Arshad Sharif believed that former minister of communications and PTI leader Murad Saeed had the journalist's laptop. Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) Director Dr. Athar Waheed and Intelligence Bureau (IB) Deputy Director-General Omar Shahid Hamid are investigating the case. They have asked Saeed to hand over the laptop of the slain journalist to the fact-finding committee.
On Saturday, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, in a surprise move, announced that his party decided they would not be part of “this system”. He added that party members would quit all the assemblies. Addressing a charged crowd in Rehmanabad, Khan said: "they will not remain a part of the current political system and will instead resign from all the assemblies." He further added that he would announce the exact date in the next few days.
London: According to the reports, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif resolved not to come under PTI’s pressure, especially on their key demand of early elections. PM Sharif arrived in London to meet N. Sharif after concluding his trip to Egypt for the COP27 climate conference. As per sources, N. Sharif told PM Sharif to “continue doing his best to take Pakistan out of the economic crisis” and “not succumb to any kind of pressure”.
On Monday, PTI Secretary-General Asad Umar said that he would be participating in the long march along with other party leaders on Thursday. "The long march beginning from the Grand Trunk Road will be led by Shah Mehmood Qureshi," Umar said. "On the other hand, I will be leading the march from Toba Tek Singh, Faisalabad Division," he added.
On Monday, a PTI worker got injured after getting electrocuted and falling to the ground in his bid to climb up an electricity pole on Rawalpindi's Murree Road. According to the rescue officials, the man, identified as Zeenatullah, a 23-year-old resident of district Orakzai, was being provided medical treatment following his injury.
Islamabad: on November 6, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman regarded the PTI's long march as a "failure" and said that it could not be revived now. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, he asked the coalition government to "not show any mercy to PTI Chairman Imran Khan and his party" following the assassination attempt on Khan. Speaking about the attack on Khan, he said: "A new drama was plotted. When the news first came, we were worried and expressed sympathy. But now we've realized that [Imran Khan] has left Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan behind in acting."
Islamabad: On Tuesday, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) issued notices to PTI Chairman Imran Khan and other leaders of the party as part of the investigation into the audio leaks related to the US cypher. The anti-corruption institution is investigating the audio leaks allegedly featuring Khan, PTI leaders, and a government officer. In the notice, FIA's Mian Shabbir Hussain directed Khan to appear before the inquiry team on November 3 at 12pm.
On Sunday, the PTI was in the lead as per unofficial results after polling concluded for the by-election in Kurram’s NA-45 constituency. According to unofficial results so far, PTI chief Imran Khan was in the lead with 20,438 votes, Jamaat-i-Islami Pakistan’s (JIP) Jamil Khan trailed with 12,449 votes while independent candidate Saif Ullah Khan was 3rd with 725 votes.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated that he was willing to talk with political rival PTI for the “sake of national interest”. Addressing the launch ceremony of “Youth Development Initiatives” in Islamabad, the prime minister said: “You didn’t shake [my] hand for four years and now you’re saying to ‘come to talk with us’? Till when will this two-facedness continue? But, we will be ready for it for the sake of national interest.”
Islamabad: Senior PTI leader Senator Azam Khan Swati's two-day physical remand was approved by a district and sessions court following his arrest over his alleged "controversial" tweets. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) took Swati into custody from his home in Islamabad earlier and presented him before senior civil judge Shabbir Bhatti's court in the federal capital. The agency's cybercrime wing registered a case against Swati late Wednesday night over the "controversial" tweets.
On Monday, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said that his party intended to approach courts over the matter of audio leaks. "We will seek the formation of a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe which intelligence agency is involved in the "bugging" of the PM House and Office," he added. "Audio leaks are a serious breach of national security as they call into question the entire security of the Prime Minister's Office and PM House," the former prime minister wrote on Twitter.
On Saturday, a district and sessions court in Lahore granted the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) a two-day physical remand of PTI's senior leader Hamid Zaman in a case related to prohibited funding. FIA prosecutor Munim Bashir Chaudhry said: “The remand is required to complete the investigation.” The court, however, granted the FIA a two-day physical remand of Zaman and directed the investigation officer to submit a progress report on the probe on October 10. “As per the record, Hamid Zaman is suspected of receiving prohibited funding,” remarked the judge.
Islamabad: Following the recent arrests of PTI members about the prohibited funding case, the party on Saturday moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). "The impugned inquiry is beyond the jurisdiction as no wrongdoing bet alone ‘illegality’ is apparent on the face of the record, It has been initiated with mala fide intention, ln bad faith, out of personal motives to hurt the petitioners and harass the donors of the petitioner, and to support or benefit the political opponents of the petitioners," the petition read.
Islamabad: On Tuesday, the PTI challenged the Islamabad High Court (IHC)'s verdict that dismissed the party's plea against the partial acceptance of its MNAs' resignations in the Supreme Court. Last week, the high court struck down PTI's petition against National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for "piecemeal" acceptance of the resignations of its lawmakers. The PTI moved the IHC to challenge the acceptance of only 11 MNAs out of 23.
On September 9, PTI Chairman Imran Khan announced that he would share the “next critical phase” of his party’s “haqiqi azadi movement” during his Gujranwala rally tomorrow. “Tomorrow our Gujranwala jalsa will be the last of our present phase of Haqiqi Azadi Movement. I will announce the next critical phase at the jalsa,” tweeted the PTI chairman. The former prime minister claimed that the current government and “its handlers” were “petrified that nation is standing firmly behind PTI”.
On Friday, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lawmaker from Charsadda and former provincial law minister, Sultan Khan, parted ways with the PTI and confirmed plans to join the Awami National Party (ANP). He was a member of KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan’s cabinet and was sacked over a house trading video scandal that surfaced last year. ANP confirmed the development, saying that the PTI member would formally join ANP tomorrow (Saturday).
On Thursday, the PTI's top-tier leadership backed its chairman Imran Khan after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) decided to indict the former prime minister after two weeks in contempt of court case. In response, PTI's leaders started a Twitter trend #IStandWithImranKhan and stated that their party would fight the case. PTI Secretary-General Asad Umar said that in Khan's 26-year political career, an important aspect was that he always wanted an independent judiciary. "InshaAllah, a decision based on justice will ensure Khan's victory," he added.
Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday dismissed a PTI plea seeking the acceptance of the party's members of the National Assembly in one go. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the case filed by the PTI challenging the acceptance of resignations of 11 MNAs and not accepting a "piece-meal" resignation of all 123 lawmakers. The IHC CJ declared former NA deputy speaker Qasim Suri's resignation acceptance order void.
Islamabad: Finance Minister Miftah Ismail castigated the PTI leadership after Shaukat Tarin allegedly asked Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to withdraw from the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) deal. He said: "Shaukat Tarin is the architect behind PTI's move. Is Imran Khan so power-hungry that he will do anything to get back? Is Imran Khan bigger than Pakistan?" "Should we rename Pakistan to Bani Gala? Have they no shame? How can they stoop so low?" the finance minister questioned.
"Self-centred politics can cause irreparable damage to Pakistan as a party is playing politics over the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) when the lender's board meeting is around the corner," Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said, without naming the PTI. "I have never seen such self-centered politics; it will be a huge injustice with Pakistan and a big conspiracy against the country,” the premier said on his visit to the flood victims in Sujawl, Sindh.
On Wednesday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued notices to PTI leaders Firdous Ashiq Awan and Usman Dar instructing them to appear before an inquiry committee in the Daska by-election probe. The notice was sent by ECP Deputy Director Naeemur Rehman to Awan, Dar, PTI Central Punjab President Umar Dar, and business personalities Arif Soni, Asif Soni, and Iqbal Soni. The controversial by-election was marred by violence, rigging, and the disappearance of over 20 presiding officers.
Islamabad: On Wednesday, the PTI challenged the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) ruling in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), aiming annulment of the order in the prohibited funding case. In his petition filed with the IHC, PTI Additional Secretary-General Omar Ayub asked the court to not only nullify the August 2 ruling but also revoke the ECP's show-cause notice sent to PTI Chairperson Imran Khan.
PTI chairperson and former prime minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that the coalition government had plotted to create rifts between the PTI and the Pakistan Army. "They [government] had issues with the fact that the army and the PTI were on the same page. Even India used to acknowledge that," said Khan. He added that Israel and India were "overjoyed" after his government was toppled through the regime change conspiracy.
On Sunday, After holding a meeting with Nawaz, former CM Punjab told journalists that all coalition government parties unanimously decided to take PTI’s prohibited funding case to its "logical conclusion". “The nation will hold the so-called Sadiq and Ameen [Imran Khan] accountable for calling others thieves and robbers,” said Shehbaz. “If Nawaz was disqualified for not taking a salary from his son then Khan is immersed in prohibited funding from head to toe,” he added.
Karachi: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Sunday summoned senior PTI leader and former Sindh governor Imran Ismail in a case related to prohibited funding against his party. Following the ECP’s judgment that ruled PTI received funding from prohibited sources, the FIA launched a country-wide inquiry into the case. Ismail has been summoned by the agency on August 15, MPA Seema Zia on August 10, and officers of two private banks on the 10th of this month.
On Sunday, PTI leader Shireen Mazari criticized US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome's visit to "sensitive areas" of the country, branding the envoy a "viceroy in all but name". She wrote on Twitter: "US envoy and his gang flying over sensitive areas of Pakistan on way to Torkham and surveying lay of land + official briefing and red carpet! Areas ordinary Pakistani citizens can't go!"
Peshawar: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) summoned former National Assembly speaker and senior PTI leader Asad Qaiser in reference to the ongoing inquiry on the prohibited funding case. FIA Peshawar's office summoned Qaiser on August 11 (Thursday) at 2 pm. According to the reports, Qaiser is associated with the functioning of two bank accounts; therefore he has been asked to appear before the inquiry team to answer questions regarding the details of the bank account.
Islamabad: The PTI on Thursday withdrew the reference against Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja. The purpose is to add more evidence to it against the commissioner. PTI leader and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry said that points related to the alleged change in the ECP's verdict on prohibited funding against the PTI would be included in the reference.
Islamabad: On Wednesday, containers were delivered to the Red Zone in view of the demonstration of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) against the foreign funding case. On the call of former Prime Minister and Chairman PTI Imran Khan, a protest demonstration would be held at Nadira Chowk Islamabad tomorrow at 3 pm.