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State will not surrender before any terror outfit, says PM after Bannu CTD operation

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  • PM condemns terror incidents taking place in different parts of KP. 
  • Govt will deal with external facilitators of terrorists, says Shehbaz. 
  • Premier says govt will assist KP in restructuring CTD.

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif made it clear that the state will not surrender or bow down before any terrorist outfit or organization after 25 terrorists were killed in an operation in Bannu.

A hostage crisis took place at the Counter-Terrorism Department’s (CTD) compound in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa when TTP terrorists took over the center and made several security personnel hostages.

The security forces carried out a successful operation, killing 25 militants three days after the incident.

Condemning the terrorist incidents taking place in different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, PM Shehbaz, in a statement, said that nefarious attempts to spread chaos in Pakistan will be dealt with strictly according to the law and Constitution.

The government will deal and address the terrorists and their external facilitators who disseminate and support it in Pakistan, he added.

The prime minister termed terrorism as a sensitive issue of national security, saying that collective thinking and action plan are needed in this regard.

Paying tribute to the armed forces fighting against terrorism, PM Shehbaz said that nation will end terrorism by supporting its brave forces. He added that the sacrifices made by the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies will not be forgotten.

The premier said that the operations — Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad — were important measures to eradicate terrorism from Pakistan. He also said that the sacrifices of the martyrs will not go to waste.

PM Shehbaz said that the main responsibility of peace lies with the provinces, however, the government cannot turn blind eye to these issues.

He added that the federal government will work with the provinces to fight against terrorism. 

The premier said that in order to end terrorism, it is important to increase the capacity and the efficiency of the provincial authorities and for that, the government will assist in improving the professional capacity of counter-terrorism departments in all provinces.

PM Shehbaz said that the Centre will also help the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government with the restructuring of its CTD, adding that they will be provided with all the facilities including modern weapons. 

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A joint parliamentary party meeting is called by PTI and SIC.

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A joint parliamentary party meeting was held on Thursday in Parliament House, Islamabad, by the Sunni-Ittehad Council and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

The sources state that representatives from both parties attended the meeting and discussed a range of topics.

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PTI will petition the SJC to stop the “arbitrary” selection of ad hoc judges.

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Barrister Gohar, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), declared on Thursday that the government would collapse if the PTI was outlawed.

After attending the PTI and Sunni-Ittehad Council (SIC) joint parliamentary party meeting, the PTI chief, along with PTI leaders Omar Ayub Khan, Shibli Faraz, and Asad Qaiser, spoke to the media. They announced that they would petition the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) to stop the appointment of ad hoc judges to the highest court.

Since the PTI is widespread throughout the nation, he claimed that it represents 70% of Pakistanis and that it shouldn’t be treated unfairly in any setting.

The PTI head attacked the plan to nominate four ad hoc judges to the supreme court, claiming that doing so will undermine the judiciary’s independence.

“This choice is motivated by bad intentions. This is the moment to hear the rulings of the SC, not to make such choices. He stressed, “We demand that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) release our notifications immediately.

Moreover, Omar Ayub Khan, the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, blasted the Chief Justice of Pakistan for appointing judges who share his views and urged the CJP to refrain from assigning the PTI’s cases to ad hoc judges.

Additionally, Senate Opposition Leader Shibli Faraz criticised the government for fabricating accusations against Bushra Bibi and Imran Khan.

Asad Qaiser, a former speaker of the NA, stated that Nawaz Sharif intended to leave the country for London, but he insisted that the former prime minister should apologise to the people before leaving this time. Additionally, he asked the administration to follow the constitution rather than enforcing anarchy throughout the nation.

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A party may be banned by the government under Article 17: Sana Rana

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Article 17 of the Constitution, according to PML-N senior leader Rana Sanullah Khan, gives the government the authority to declare a political party illegal.

During an appearance on a TV talk show, Sanaullah stated that the Supreme Court will review a decree banning a political party within 15 days of the cabinet’s approval.

Sanaullah stated that the government had just so far stated its intentions about the PTI’s prohibition, but that “a ban is imposed on that party if the apex court agrees to the declaration.”
The constitutional procedure will be followed, he said, whenever the administration makes a decision.

Like the PTI, the former minister remarked, the government has the right to voice its opinions and work towards achievement.

“There is no harm in making efforts if the government has an option to get the reserved seats through constitutional means,” he said.

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