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PTI to issue show-cause notices to dissident MPs today: Asad Umar

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  • “Lawmakers who want to review their decision can do so in the reply,” says Umar.
  • “If our people reconsider calmly, their grievances can be addressed,” says Qureshi.
  • “A presidential reference will also be moved against MNAs,” adds Qureshi.

With multiple PTI MNAs coming out in the open against Prime Minister Imran Khan, Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar announced on Friday that the party would issue show-cause notices to its dissident lawmakers for allegedly allying with the Opposition.

The minister, who is also the secretary-general of the PTI, announced in a press conference alongside Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry.

Umar said that the party was already working on the show-cause notice.

”I will sign the show-cause notices today and will be issued afterwards,” announced Umar. He added that lawmakers who want to review their decision can do so in the reply.

Before Umar, Foreign Minister Qureshi while appealing to the dissident lawmakers urged them to think “calmly” about their decision and review it.

“As a friend and well-wisher, I appeal to you to reconsider your decision,” said Qureshi. He added that the PTI MNAs were “smart and political” people who knew what the law and Constitution state.

“If our people reconsider calmly, their grievances can be addressed,” said Qureshi who is also the PTI vice-chairman. He claimed that the lawmakers by joining a rival will not be able to survive politically.

Ahead of Umar‘s comments on the notices, Qureshi had said that the decision was taken by the PTI’s political committee given the law, Constitution and ethics.

He had also added that apart from the notices if the MNA’s deviate from the party line then a presidential reference will also be moved against them.

The show-cause notice is being sent to the dissident lawmakers after it emerged that multiple PTI MNAs were seeking refuge in the Sindh House Islamabad in fear of the government. It is being reported that the lawmakers have decided to vote in favour of the Opposition’s no-confidence motion.  

No space for minus Imran Khan PTI: Qureshi

Amid calls for a minus Imran Khan PTI, the party vice-chairman “categorically” stated that there was “no space” for such a move.

Taking a jibe at PML-N and PPP, Qureshi said that those making such calls have forgotten about the charter of democracy. He added that such calls were also presented to the PPP and PML-N about their leaders which they rejected.

“These formulas have been used which were rejected by the people,” said the PTI vice-chairman. He added that Imran Khan was the founding chairman of the party and no one can take his place just like Bilawal and Asif Ali Zardari cannot take Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s place.

“Imran Khan is the person who planted the tree himself. Would I be worried more about the plant than the person who sowed it?” asked Qureshi. He added that people used to make fun of Imran Khan and now today has established four governments.

The suggestions for the removal of Imran Khan as prime minister were made by PTI allies MQM-P and PML-Q.  

‘No plans for Governor rule in Sindh’

Foreign Minister Qureshi also dismissed Interior Minister Shaikh Rasheed’s call for imposing governor rule in Sindh.

“There was no plan to impose governor rule in Sindh, neither there will be,” said Qureshi. He added that the PTI’s political committee had advised PM Imran not to take such a decision.

“Saeed Ghani and Bilawal should not worry PTI has no such plan,” said the PTI vice-chairman.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed had a day earlier proposed the premier take the step in order to stop “horse-trading” taking place at the Sindh House.

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Judge Muhammad Ali Warraich postpones the £190 million corruption lawsuit until June 21.

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The £190 million corruption case at Adiala Jail was heard by Judge Muhammad Ali Waraich of the Accountability Court. The hearing was postponed until June 21.

The cross-examination and statement of one witness took place during the case hearing. At the next hearing, four more witnesses will be put through cross-examination.

Up to now, 30 witness statements have been recorded, of which 22 have already undergone cross-examination.

Bushra Bibi, the founder of the PTI, was in court today throughout the proceedings.

The PTI’s legal representatives in the lawsuit included Shoaib Shaheen, Niazullah Niazi, Salman Akram Raja, and Ali Zafar.

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Nationwide protest gatherings will be held by the PTI on June 14.

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Zahir Shah, the minister of food for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has said that Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) will stage protests across the country to demand the release of PTI founder Imran Khan.

On June 14, protests around the country would take place, according to Zahir Shah Toru.

He added that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s chief minister had made plans for protests in every district.

In the protests, fictitious accusations made against PTI founder Imran Khan and its leadership will be denounced.

There would be no breaking of the law or the constitution, according to KP Minister Zahir Shah.

At 5:00 p.m., the Mardan demonstration will take place.

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Shah Mehmood, founder of the PTI, and others found not guilty in Azadi March case

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Information suggests that court magistrate Malik Muhammad Imran exonerated Imran Khan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Sheikh Rasheed, the chief of AML, in addition to announcing the reserved verdict.

Acquittal of Sadaqat Abbasi and Ali Nawaz Awan from the Azadi March case was also ordered by the court.

It should be mentioned that numerous prominent members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), like as Shah Mahmood Qureshi, former prime minister Imran Khan, and others, were apprehended by the police in separate complaint letters pertaining to the Azadi March.

Following unrest between police and the PTI leader in the provincial capital, 42 charges were filed against PTI senior leaders and workers for agitation.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had previously found former prime minister Imran Khan and PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi not guilty in a case involving ciphers.

Decisions on appeals from the cipher case’s conviction were announced by Chief Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb of the IHC.

The party’s vice-chairman and founder, who was convicted in a similar case in January of this year, received 10-year prison sentences apiece.

On the other hand, Qureshi’s arrest in the crimes that occurred on May 9th and Imran’s sentences in the Toshakhana and Iddat cases mean that they are unlikely to be released from prison anytime soon.

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