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Khan says ‘state machinery bending law to keep PTI out of electoral process’

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  • Khan says Pakistan embroiled in unprecedented internal conflict.
  • Establishment became agitated with his foreign policy, he claims.
  • PTI founder says even women workers are jailed.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan has said the entire state machinery is bending the law and the Constitution of Pakistan in a bid to keep him and his party out of the electoral process.

While addressing a virtual convention, the incarcerated former prime minister said this in an audio speech resembling his voice and created through artificial intelligence. The notes for the speech were reportedly dictated to the visiting party members in jail by the PTI founder himself.

Khan said Pakistan was embroiled in internal conflict never seen before in the history of Pakistan.

He said the hostility against him stemmed from his introduction of an independent foreign policy.

“They have made a mockery of the law and destroyed not just the political, but the moral fabric of our society. It started when the establishment became agitated with my push for an independent foreign policy,” he claimed.

The ex-PM said he was categorical that he would be a friend to all but would not be anyone’s proxy for wars. “I did not come to this view lightly. It was shaped by the huge losses Pakistan had incurred collaborating with America’s war on terror, not least the 80,000 Pakistani lives lost,” he said.

He said ever since his removal, several crackdowns had been made on his party workers and leadership. The most brutal crackdown, he said started after the “false flag operation” of May 9, 2023. “There were over 200 cases on him and he had been incarcerated for over 180 days.” 

Khan said even women workers were jailed, most of whom were mothers and housewives. Such scale and nature of the state’s attack on women had never been seen in Pakistan, he maintained. Under the grand scheme hatched in London, he and his party were to be kept out of the electoral process, he said.

He rued over snatching of his party’s electoral symbol saying the continued political disturbance in the country had ruined the economy and alienated the country regionally.

“When all else backfired, now through a botched judicial process, our election symbol has also been taken away, leaving our candidates to run as independents under hundreds of different symbols. This continued political disturbance in our country has wrecked the economy and alienated our regional friends. During my time, we devised a foreign policy based on regional economic connectivity. We were aggressively pursuing this vision via reaching out CIS states, Russia, and renewed relationship with China,” he said.

Int’l day against Islamophobia

In the AI-generated speech, the former PM said his government offered facilitation to bring Iran and Yemen closer to Saudi Arabia. Whereas, in his UN General Assembly speech, he explained to the world the importance of Prophet Mohammed (SAWW), peace be upon him, for Muslim Ummah and helped introduce the UN General Assembly Resolution that had established 15th March as an international day against Islamophobia.

Khan, who was ousted from power in April last year via the opposition’s no-confidence motion, said his government had facilitated Doha talks for a peaceful exit of US forces from Afghanistan. 

However, he said due to the sudden fall of Ghani regime, things quickly deteriorated and the withdrawal was marred by chaos.

“I am told that at a certain level, the Biden administration blames me for the messy US withdrawal, but this is far from the truth. Our government policy vision was regional economic connectivity. I extended my friendship hand to India in the very first speech after winning the elections, but at every point, RSS -led Modi regime shut us down,” he said.

‘Kashmir cornerstone of FP’

The PTI founder said after the illegal alteration of the status of Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and its transformation into the world’s largest open prison by a belligerent Modi regime, it was clear that their intention was not normalisation.

“Kashmir is a cornerstone of our foreign policy, and we took a firm and principled stand on this issue despite the challenges. Despite pressures, Pakistan went ahead with withdrawal of the ambassador to New Delhi, relaying a clear message that normalisation of relations was contingent upon peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute,” he said.

On how Pakistan could fare well from now onwards, he said Pakistan needed a strong “truly representative democratic government, and a democratic framework governed by rule of law and our constitution”.

Khan said he would like to call on all who believed in democracy and peace to stand by them and speak out against the present massacre of democracy and rule of law being carried out in Pakistan.

He began his speech by highlighting Israel’s brutal assault on the people of Gaza.

“With Israel’s brutal assault on the people of Gaza, slaughtering of thousands of children, women, journalists, doctors, effectively a genocide of the Palestinians, disturbance in international maritime waters, and continued war in Ukraine, the world is heading towards a grave international crisis,” he said.

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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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