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Imran Khan deserves ‘exemplary punishment’ for May 9 attacks, Sindh governor says

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  • Tessori calls for public punishment of May 9 attackers.
  • Says COAS deserves credit for controlling dollar.
  • Sindh governor welcomes alliance between MQM and PML-N.

LONDON: Sindh Governor Kamran Khan Tessori has called for exemplary punishment for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for masterminding and perpetrating the May 9 attacks targeting the Pakistan Army across several cities of Pakistan.

Addressing a press conference at the Pakistan High Commission in London, United Kingdom, the Sindh governor said Khan should have been punished within a week after the attacks as a warning for others to not dare attempt a similar act against the country’s armed forces.

Those involved in the May 9 terror attacks should have been punished publicly, beyond the court system be it civil or military courts.

“I believe that those involved in the May 9 attacks should not have been processed through the courts, they should have been publicly sentenced. Those put in jail should have been sentenced a long time ago for their attacks on Pakistan army installations, for attacking the corp commander’s house, for attacking the [General Headquarters] GHQ, for attacking the Pakistan Army physically and for the vandalism. What they did were acts of terrorism.

“Nobody anywhere is allowed to attack even a police station. Protests happen all over the world but terrorism and vandalism are not allowed in the civilised world. It shouldn’t be like this where you get involved in acts of terror and then the cases go on in courts for years without any punishment for anyone. Our patriotism demands it,” he said.

Tessori reiterated that it must not be forgotten that the May 9 episode has brought shame to Pakistan all over the world, as the attackers didn’t care for the martyrs and their families as well, and those involved in such acts disrespected the defenders of the country in the worst manner.

Sindh governor stated that General Asim Munir, the country’s army chief, deserves credit for controlling dollar rates by taking action against smugglers and illegal trade activities.

Speaking about the repatriation of “illegal migrants” in the country, Tessori said the initiative to send back all illegal Afghans to Afghanistan was required because Pakistan was a victim of terrorism and illegal elements were involved in it.

The governor welcomed the alliance between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and hoped it would help stabilise Pakistan. He said Pakistan needs a stable system and all parties must work together for the country’s betterment.

Commenting about the PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan, Tessori said that he had a lengthy meeting with the senior politician before his return to Pakistan and found him worried about the country’s future and state of affairs. The governor said he regularly speaks to Shehbaz Sharif.

“Nawaz Sharif talked about when he was ousted in 2017. I publicly praised the good things he said and did. Allah has given him another opportunity and he is back in Pakistan and has every right to do what he wants to do for the betterment of Pakistan,” the Sindh governor said.

Tessori was in London to launch the Sindh Premier League (SPL) to highlight the talent and culture of the province by introducing its youth to the global stage as the league is aimed at bringing Sindh into focus in a unique style.

The Sindh governor was accompanied by a delegation of the SPL management and franchise owners of the league including Chairman Aslam Malik, Chief Executive Officer Chaudhry Shahzad Akhtar and President Arif Malik.

SPL’s franchise owners including team Benazirabad owner Ghulam Hussain Shahid, Hyderabad Bahadurs owner Jahanzeb Alam, Karachi Gladiators owner Irfan Wahid, Larkana Challengers owner Aamir Siddiqui and other representatives of Sukkur Patriots and Khairpur Royals also attended the event. Lord Qurban Hussain and Lord Wajid Khan also attended and spoke at the event.

“The purpose of Sindh Premier League is to introduce the young cricketers of Sindh to the world level and to provide them with opportunities to play with local and foreign players and also to train them from international cricket academies,” Tessori said, speaking at the event.

He expressed gratitude to London’s business community and other dignitaries from other walks of life who participated in the event and expressed their interest in the game of cricket and the underprivileged people of Sindh.

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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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