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Govt to make PTI more powerful if it arrests Imran Khan, warns Asad Qaiser

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  • Asad Qaiser claims NA speaker violated Consitution.
  • NA Speaker accepted resignations of 34 PTI MNAs.
  • Qaiser says PTI doesn’t care about Imran’s incarceration.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Qaiser alleged that the government wants to to an environment that leads to political instability and warned that if former prime minister Imran Khan is arrested then it would make the party more powerful.

Speaking to Hamid Mir in Geo News programme ‘Capital Talk,’ Qaiser termed NA Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf’s decision to accept the resignations of 34 PTI MNAs as a “great injustice” to his office.

Following the ouster of PTI Chairman Imran Khan through a vote of no-confidence in April last year, the party’s lawmakers resigned en masse from the lower house of parliament. However, Ashraf accepted only 11 resignations, initially, and said that the remaining PTI MNAs would have to appear individually for verification.

In a recent statement, Imran Khan had indicated that his party would rejoin the National Assembly to lead a vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Ashraf’s move, followed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) denotifying the PTI MNAs, thwarted the PTI’s manoeuvre.

Reacting to the NA Speaker’s act, Qaiser said, “You should take the law and the Constitution into account while making decisions when you hold a constitutional position. Therefore, instead of granting the wishes of political figures, you must act in accordance with the law.”

Qaiser said that Ashraf reiterated his stance when a PTI delegation met him recently that he would call the party’s lawmakers individually for verification of their resignations. However, he said that the speaker stopped short of completing the process and did something that was “absolutely illegal and unconstitutional.”

He insisted, however, that the PTI would not challenge this move in court.

There is a contradiction in what Speaker Ashraf said, he added. It was not his decision to approve 35 resignations; he was asked to, he maintained.

The PTI seeks a fresh mandate in the country, he said. The bad governance by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in Sindh is an example, he noted. Accordingly, we are hashing out our plans for the general elections in Sindh. By-elections will benefit the party as our workers will be mobilised,” he noted.

Commenting on the Local Government elections in Sindh, the former NA speaker said that the PTI empathises with the MQM-P as it recognises their restrictions.

“Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi Amir Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman put up a tough fight. He is commendable,” he said. So far the results of local body elections in Karachi have not been given, he said.

Asad Qaiser also said that the government could detain party chief Imran Khan in the run-up to the general elections. The government, which he believed is “panicked”, can go to any length but the party doesn’t care, he said. 

“This [Imran’s arrest] would only end up strengthening the PTI,” warned Qaiser.

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Today, IHC will hear Qureshi, the founder of PTI,’s arguments against his conviction in the CCI case.

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The PTI founder and Shah Mehmood Qureshi will appeal their convictions in the cipher case to the Islamabad High Court today (Tuesday).

The hearing will be conducted by a division bench that consists of Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Chief Justice Aamir Farooq of the Islamabad High Court.

The attorneys will present their arguments regarding the appeals against the sentencing during the hearing.

However, Bushra Bibi, the wife of the PTI founder, has filed a petition to have her medical examined, and this plea will also be heard today.

Bushra Bibi’s application will be considered by Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb. The petitioner has voiced her concern that the food she was provided was toxic.

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CM Maryam wants a thorough plan for the development of Murree.

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While co-chairing a meeting with party leader Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif asked for a detailed strategy for the development of Murree.

To maintain cleanliness and protect the environment, the chief minister ordered a ban on plastic use in Murree and other popular tourist destinations.

She inspected a possible location in Murree for the building of a cutting-edge hospital. In addition to looking for a plan for the upkeep and filtration of the current water scheme, she gave her general approval to a water supply project that would carry water from the Jhelum River to Murree.

During the discussion, a prohibition on cars entering Murree was discussed. Maryam gave the order for the contemporary tram and cable car services to begin operating so that parking could be done safely in Murree. During the meeting, a plan to give permit cards to cars entering Murree was also discussed.

The chief minister gave instructions to make sure every building has parking. She gave the order to locate any illegal structures in Murree and to dismantle them right away. Additionally, the ultimate strategy for removing encroachments in Murree was accepted. In addition to banning all unlicensed stands in Murree, it was decided to turn the bus stand back on.

Maryam Nawaz gave the order to turn New Murree, Kotli Sattian, and other nearby places into substitute tourist attractions.

She gave the order to build clean, highway-style restrooms in Murree.

She also gave her approval for the creation of the Parks and Horticulture Authority for Murree, as well as Solid Waste Management.

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ATC revokes the arrest warrants for Khadija Shah

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In relation to the arson case at Jinnah House, the anti-terrorism court issued an arrest order for her.

Judge Arshad Javed issued an arrest order for Khadijah Shah because of his non-appearance in court.

After being granted bail by a local Quetta court, she was released from prison on December 28.

In relation to attacks on Jinnah House, Askari Tower, and setting police cars on fire, she was taken into custody.

In connection with a cybercrime case in which she posted messages on social media to incite people against the army during the May 9 unrest, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) also made an arrest of her.

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