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‘Turncoats’: 11 MPAs from Punjab who won 2018 polls independently

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The former prime minister Imran Khan has called 20 members of the Punjab assembly (MPAs), who were recently unseated by the Election Commission for voting against party lines, “lotas” (turncoats).

The party leadership has repeatedly claimed that these 20 men and women won the 2018 election due to the PTI but later turned against the party in the election for chief minister Punjab by voting for the PTI’s rival candidate, Hamza Shehbaz.

Is there truth to the claim?

Not entirely.

Out of the 20 defecting MPAs, 11 politicians won the 2018 general election independently and joined the Imran Khan-led party after the polls, on the insistence of businessman and former PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen. This means that they won due to their own vote bank and not due to the support of the PTI.

In fact these men later helped the PTI form government in Punjab and elect Usman Buzdar as chief minister.

Who are these 11 men?

1) Ghulam Rasool Sangha who won from PP 83 Khushab.

2) Saeed Akbar Khan Nawani who won from PP 90 Bhakkar.

3) Muhammad Ajmal who won from PP 97 Faisalabad.

4) Faisal Hayat who won from PP 125 Jhang.

5) Meher Muhammad Aslam who won from PP 127 Jhang.

6) Muhammad Salman who won from PP 217 Multan.

7) Fida Hussain who won from PP 237 Bahawalnagar.

8) Basit Sultan who won from PP 272 Muzaffargarh. He later vacated the seat, which was won by his mother, Zahra Batool, on a PTI ticket.

9) Muhammad Tahir Randhawa who won from PP 282 Layyah.

10) Mohsin Atta Khan Khosa who won from PP 288 Dera Ghazi Khan.

11) Raja Sagheer Ahmed who won from PP 7 Rawalpindi. 

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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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