PTI wants a full-court on letter controversy

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April 05, 2024



RAWALPINDI:

 

The PTI has demanded the formation of a full court of the Supreme Court to address allegations raised by six Islamabad High Court (IHC) judges regarding interference of state institutions in judicial affairs and the recent threatening letters received by various senior judges.

The former ruling party has also announced the launch of a nationwide protest movement, along with other opposition parties, after Eidul Fitr against alleged rigging in the February 8 polls.

Senior PTI leaders—Omar Ayub, Shibli Faraz, Asad Qaiser, and Shah Farman—made these announcements on Thursday after meeting with PTI founder and former Prime Minister Imran Khan at Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail.

During the media interaction, Omar Ayub stated that Imran Khan stands with the judiciary and the six IHC judges who raised their voices against state interference in court cases. “We demand that the SC form a full-court to address the issues raised in the IHC judges’ letter,” he said.

Omar reiterated the claim that Imran’s wife, Bushra Bibi, was poisoned. Bushra, sentenced to 10 years in prison in the gift repository case, is currently detained at Imran’s Bani Gala residence. The PTI leader said Bushra’s resilience is a source of strength for Imran Khan.

Asad Qaiser said the party is planning to launch a robust movement against electoral fraud in consultation with other opposition parties.

He announced that the first meeting regarding this movement will be held in Quetta on April 12 at the residence of BNP chief Akhtar Mengal. “We will disclose the schedule for the nationwide movement after the meeting,” he added.

Qasir also expressed grievances over the lack of necessary cooperation from the federal government with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government, stating that the delay in releasing funds to the province, where the PTI is in power, is hindering the smooth operation of government affairs.

He condemned the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to postpone Senate elections in K-P, lamenting that the people of K-P are facing repercussions for reposing their trust in the country’s most popular political party, the PTI.

Shibli Faraz emphasized the necessity of legal battles and scrutiny of electoral documents to combat the imposition of rejected candidates. He warned that the country’s economy would suffer if a government brought into power through electoral fraud was allowed to rule.

Meanwhile, Imran Khan has appointed five focal persons to articulate the party’s policies. These focal persons are PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, Shibli Faraz, Omar Ayub, Senator Ali Zafar, and senior lawyer Intazar Hussain Panjutha.

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