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CM Naqvi shares proof of political party’s involvement in May 9 attacks with ECP

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LAHORE: The interim government in Punjab shared solid proof including pictures, videos and messages about the involvement of a political party in the May 9 incidents with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) members, reported The News.

They met Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi at the CM Office on Thursday and strongly condemned the terrorist incidents, expressing complete solidarity with the Pakistan Army.

CM Mohsin Naqvi told the meeting, which was also attended by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja, that a political party brought disgrace to the whole nation on May 9, adding that attacks on military installations were carried out under a planned strategy.

He added that the investigators were able to find proof of contact between the attackers and the political leadership at Zaman Park through geo-fencing.

The CM claimed that according to initial estimates, the country suffered Rs6 billion losses due to the May 9 attacks.

On the other hand, the CEC acknowledged that the Punjab government undertook excellent steps for the protection of the masses amid the current situation. 

He said the ECP was fully satisfied with the provincial government, as it was performing its duties with honesty. The ECP wants to ensure a fair, just and peaceful general election in the country, he added.

“We are not affiliated with any political party and we have no political motives,” he reiterated. 

Raja underscored that the ECP had always made decisions on merit, adding that the caretaker government was also impartial, and holding free and fair elections was also its mandate.

The CEC said the security steps for holding the general election would be reviewed again and the ECP would provide all possible assistance to the Punjab government for the elections. 

He said the provincial authorities should not succumb to any pressure as the ECP was fully supporting it.

During the meeting, Inspector General of Punjab Police (IG) Dr Usman Anwar briefed the ECP officials about details of attacks at the Lahore corps commander’s house (Jinnah House) and other military installations on May 9.

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No “major breakthrough” in the opposition-led JUI-F and PTI meeting

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Maulana Fazalur Rehman stated that mending rifts in relationships and getting rid of resentment in an interview with the media in Islamabad with a team from the Tehreek-e-Tahafuz-e-Ayeen-e-Pakistan that paid him a visit.

While no significant progress was made at the meeting, all sides decided to keep in touch in order to plan for the future.

“A positive message,” according to the JUI-F chief, was received with open arms by the delegation. Taking a “united” stance on national issues was the primary goal of the meeting, he said.

Democracy is losing its appeal, and Pakistan’s parliament and constitution are losing their respect. In parliament, Maulana Fazalur Rehman continued, “we should have a single voice.”

Remarking on the event, National Assembly Opposition Leader Omar Ayub thanked the JUI-F leader for ‘warmly’ receiving the group.

We had a fruitful discussion in the meeting, he declared, urging the opposition parties to work with the PTI to “protect” the constitution.

Constitutional violations and a lack of a rule of law are the claims made by Omar Ayub. According to him, there was “no reason” why the police searched the PTI’s Islamabad central secretariat office.

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In the instance of illegal recruitment, Pervaiz Elahi is granted bail.

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The earlier-reserved court ruling was delivered by LHC Judge Sultan Tanveer Ahmad on Tuesday.

LHC had filed a post-arrest bail motion, according to the former chief minister.

On October 25, 2023, Pervaiz was taken into custody by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE).

From June 1 to September 18, Elahi has been arrested in a number of crimes; the most recent one was reported by the Punjab ACE on September 18.

More: Pervaiz Elahi’s condition “deteriorated” in Adiala jail; he was hurried to PIMS.

In the Punjab Assembly, Elahi illegally hired 12 people for grade 17 positions, according to information provided by an ACE representative.

In the provincial assembly, the candidates were chosen through record-altering.

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The bail petition of Parvez Elahi in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by the ATC.

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A bail application filed by Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, a leader of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) party, in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on the grounds of prematurity.

ATC Judge Arshad Javed announced the decision during today’s hearing.

The counsel representing Parvez Elahi contended that there was a significant likelihood of his client being arrested in relation to the Jinnah House attack case. It was stated that the ex-Chief Minister had previously been held in custody on judicial remand in other cases.

The petitioner requested the court to authorise the release of Parvez Elahi on bail in the Jinnah House attack case.

Nevertheless, the prosecution argued that the bail petition did not meet the necessary legal criteria, emphasising that Parvez Elahi had not been apprehended in connection with the case.

Considering these considerations, the court rejected Parvez Elahi’s request for release, stating that it was premature since he had not been arrested in the Jinnah House attack case.

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