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No-confidence motion: Federal ministers, mutual friends trying to cajole Aleem Khan, say sources

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  • Sources say Aleem Khan would decide his political future if PML-Q and Tareen group sides with the Opposition.
  • Say Fawad Chaudhry, Pervaiz Khattak, Amir Kayani making backdoor contacts with Aleem.
  • Say Aleem Khan is waiting for Tareen group’s final strategy for the major political decision.

LAHORE: As the pressure mounts on the PTI-led government in the Centre in light of the Opposition’s no-confidence motion, several federal ministers and mutual friends have become active to gain the support of disgruntled PTI leader Aleem Khan, who recently joined Jahangir Khan Tareen group, sources said on Monday.

Aleem Khan joined Tareen’s PTI faction with the aim to “save” the party after “loyalists were sidelined” following Prime Minister Imran Khan’s rise to power.

Khan, addressing a press conference after a meeting at Tareen’s residence, said if a no-confidence is moved against Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar, then the group would decide a future course of action accordingly. 

Sources privy to the matter said that federal ministers including Fawad Chaudhry, Pervaiz Khattak and Amir Kayani are making backdoor contacts with the former Punjab senior minister and trying to address his reservations.

Meanwhile, Aleem Khan is waiting for Tareen group’s final strategy for the major political decision, they added.

Sources said that Aleem Khan would decide his political future if PML-Q and Tareen group sides with the Opposition.

Aleem may reconcile with the government in case Tareen group allies with PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, they said.

Sources further stated that Aleem Khan will not attend today’s meeting of the Tareen group. Instead, he is busy in planning his future strategy.

They said that the politician has not attended any meeting of the estranged group except for one and he wasn’t able to meet Tareen on his visit to London. 

Aleem refuses to meet PM Imran: sources

The disgruntled PTI leader decided to part ways with his party and refused to meet PM Imran Khan before coming to London to hold talks with PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif.

Aleem — as confirmed by two different sources — sent a message to PM Khan that he was going to meet Nawaz in London.

Trusted sources had shared with Geo News that at least three high-powered delegations met the former Punjab minister prior to his arrival in London.

The government delegates tried to convince Aleem to meet PM Khan and find a way forward. They also told him that they were meeting him after taking the PM into confidence.

The ex-minister told them categorically that he was not interested in meeting the PM anymore “no matter what the price,” said the source.

At the same time, Aleem was also meeting senior leaders of the PML-N and he held several meetings with Rana Sanaullah.

Hours before Aleem flew to London to meet Nawaz, Fawad, Khattak, and Punjab Governor Chaudhary Sarwar met Aleem with an offer to meet the PM and assured him that “all his demands will be accommodated.”

Another high-powered meeting was held at the house of one of PM Imran Khan’s advisers. In this meeting, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and the adviser were present. They told Aleem they were meeting him after taking PM Imran Khan into confidence.

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Accepting provisional respite: Sanam Javed and family relocated to KP House

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Sanam Javed, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and her family have moved into KP Home, an Islamabad guest home.

As a result of the Islamabad High Court’s order to postpone her arrest until Thursday, Sanam Javeed is currently free.

Records of cases filed against her have also been sought by the court.

As instructed by Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur of KPK, the PTI leader and her family were received at the KP House. The CM communicated with Ms. Javeed’s father and husband.

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Adiala Jail is visited by a NAB team to question Khan and Bushra Bibi.

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As per a recent Toshakhana reference, a team from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has reached Adiala Jail with the intention of probing PTI founder Imran Khan and his spouse PTI Bibi.

The NAB team questioning Khan and Bushra Bibi is led by deputy director Mohsin Haroon, according to jail sources.

Regarding the latest corruption reference, the pair is behind bars. Today is the third day that the NAB team has been looking into them.

They answered questions from the NAB team for more than three hours on Monday.

After the fresh reference, Khan and Bushra Bibi were placed under physical remand for eight days by Judge Muhammad Ali Warraich of the Accountability Court.

See Also: Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi are detained in NAB prison for eight days in connection with the Toshakhana case

The release of Khan and Bushra Bibi in the Iddat case was earlier ordered by District and Sessions Judge Afzal Majoka, who also postponed their sentences.

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Imran Khan has been placed on a 10-day physical remand in relation to 9 cases that occurred on May 9.

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Imran Khan, the founder of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has been placed in 10-day physical remand by the anti-terrorism court of Lahore. This action is in relation to 12 charges from May 9.

The remand is related to several cases filed against the PTI founder at different police stations, including Sarwar Road, Gulberg, Race Course, Shadman, Mughalpura, and Model Town.

Imran Khan was presented via a video link due to the prosecutor’s claim of ‘security concerns’ as the reason for not physically bringing him to the location.

During the court proceedings, the PTI founder presented his argument to the judge, asserting that his objective was to engage in nonviolent protest, notwithstanding the allegations made against him.

He stressed his appeal for a judicial investigation into the events of May 9 and urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan to intervene.

The PTI founder firmly stated that he has never encouraged or provoked violence throughout his 28-year career, completely denying any participation in the disturbances that occurred on May 9th. He highlighted inconsistencies in the CCTV footage and the handling of his requests.

Advocate Azhar Siddique, who is representing the PTI founder, presented arguments in favor of his client’s innocence, emphasizing the absence of evidence against him throughout Pakistan’s 72-year history.

The public prosecutor cited a video posted by the PTI founder on May 9, 2023, which is currently being examined for authentication.

Judge Khalid Arshad Malik promised to record the arguments and render decisions based on the legal merits of the case. Nevertheless, he expressed reservations over the PTI founder’s nonattendance in court, citing security justifications offered by the prosecution.

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