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Jemima Khan responds to Asif Zardari’s allegation of financing pro-PTI vloggers

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  • “This is obviously not true,” Jemima says.
  • Jemima is financing vloggers, Zardari claims.
  • PPP co-chairman says Khan was running “cult democracy”.

Jemima Khan — British filmmaker, producer and former prime minister Imran Khan’s ex-wife — has rejected the allegation of financing vloggers to build support for her former husband and his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

The claims were made by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari during an interview with a private news channel a day earlier.

Responding to a post on X, formerly Twitter, the British socialite, said: “This is obviously not true.”

Jemima added that she will only ever wish for “peace & prosperity in Pakistan”.

In his interview responding to a question about the PTI returning to the parliament with a two-thirds majority, former president Zardari said: “Please fear God! This is what vloggers settled abroad are saying. Jemima is giving money to these bloggers.”

He went on to add that there is a lobby supporting and financing them. This lobby, he said, had different intentions.

Zardari added that the former PTI chairman was not supportive of parliamentary democracy and wanted presidential democracy.

“He was running a cult democracy,” the PPP co-chairman said.

The former president, naming Jemima’s mother Lady Annabel Goldsmith, further spoke about a documentary that shares how their family made money through wars.

“They first made money through the war in Egypt by recruiting British mercenaries, who were sent there,” he said.

He detailed that Pakistanis living abroad are influenced by other nations. “This is where they are misled. They have no idea about the situation here.”

Zardari mentioned that these people rely on reports on polls that show PTI as a popular party.

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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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