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Govt to make PTI more powerful if it arrests Imran Khan, warns Asad Qaiser



  • Asad Qaiser claims NA speaker violated Consitution.
  • NA Speaker accepted resignations of 34 PTI MNAs.
  • Qaiser says PTI doesn’t care about Imran’s incarceration.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Qaiser alleged that the government wants to to an environment that leads to political instability and warned that if former prime minister Imran Khan is arrested then it would make the party more powerful.

Speaking to Hamid Mir in Geo News programme ‘Capital Talk,’ Qaiser termed NA Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf’s decision to accept the resignations of 34 PTI MNAs as a “great injustice” to his office.

Following the ouster of PTI Chairman Imran Khan through a vote of no-confidence in April last year, the party’s lawmakers resigned en masse from the lower house of parliament. However, Ashraf accepted only 11 resignations, initially, and said that the remaining PTI MNAs would have to appear individually for verification.

In a recent statement, Imran Khan had indicated that his party would rejoin the National Assembly to lead a vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Ashraf’s move, followed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) denotifying the PTI MNAs, thwarted the PTI’s manoeuvre.

Reacting to the NA Speaker’s act, Qaiser said, “You should take the law and the Constitution into account while making decisions when you hold a constitutional position. Therefore, instead of granting the wishes of political figures, you must act in accordance with the law.”

Qaiser said that Ashraf reiterated his stance when a PTI delegation met him recently that he would call the party’s lawmakers individually for verification of their resignations. However, he said that the speaker stopped short of completing the process and did something that was “absolutely illegal and unconstitutional.”

He insisted, however, that the PTI would not challenge this move in court.

There is a contradiction in what Speaker Ashraf said, he added. It was not his decision to approve 35 resignations; he was asked to, he maintained.

The PTI seeks a fresh mandate in the country, he said. The bad governance by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in Sindh is an example, he noted. Accordingly, we are hashing out our plans for the general elections in Sindh. By-elections will benefit the party as our workers will be mobilised,” he noted.

Commenting on the Local Government elections in Sindh, the former NA speaker said that the PTI empathises with the MQM-P as it recognises their restrictions.

“Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi Amir Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman put up a tough fight. He is commendable,” he said. So far the results of local body elections in Karachi have not been given, he said.

Asad Qaiser also said that the government could detain party chief Imran Khan in the run-up to the general elections. The government, which he believed is “panicked”, can go to any length but the party doesn’t care, he said. 

“This [Imran’s arrest] would only end up strengthening the PTI,” warned Qaiser.

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After taking an oath to lead JI, Hafiz Naeem declares an anti-government movement.




The JI’s headquarters, Mansoora, hosted an oath-taking ceremony that was attended by workers, party leaders, and former chief of the party Sirajul Haq, Liaqat Baloch, and others from around the nation.

Speaking at the event, Hafiz Naeem—who was elected as the JI’s sixth Ameer—reaffirmed the party’s commitment to advancing its principles and goals and stated that he believed the JI would lead the nation as a whole.

He added that his party would start a broad campaign against the “fake democratic” process and Form 47, which the government “imposed.” He went on, “Workers should get ready for the movement.”

Hafiz Naeem further urged the JI to collaborate with like-minded groups who feel that the public mandate was “stolen” on February 8.

Hafiz Naeem succeeded Maulana Abul Ala Maududi (1941–72), Sirajul Haq (2013–2024), Qazi Hussain Ahmed (1987–2008), Munawer Hassan (2008–2013), and Mian Tufail Muhammad (1972–87) as the sixth individual to occupy the top spot in the party.

Sirajul Haq was replaced as Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan by Hafiz Naeem, who was elected earlier on April 4.

Voting was done by some 45,000 party members nationwide, according to the election commission that the JIP’s Majlis-e-Shura created.

Approximately 6,000 female party members participated in the election process, according to the election commission. There was a registered turnout of 82 percent overall.

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Hamid Raza says Nawaz Sharif used the Faizabad sit-in to criticize institutions.




The individual asserted that they had proof of the PML-N’s betrayal during the 2017 Faizabad sit-in, citing knowledge of the protest from both General Faiz Hameed (Retd) and former Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa (Retd).

The PML-N workers in Rawalpindi were instructed to make sure that people participated in the sit-in, while the then-Punjab administration assisted in organizing it, according to Hamid Raza.

The head of the SIC said that while the goals of the Faizabad sit-in were correct, the event was deliberately planned to include individuals who carried signs criticizing government agencies.

During the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) sit-in, he said, workers for the PML-N were also among those who received money.

Remember that the investigation commission cleared former spy chief Faiz Hameed of all charges when it was established to look into the 2017 sit-in at the Faizabad Interchange in Islamabad.

To protest the changes made to the Election Act of 2017, which changed the word “oath” to “declaration,” the TLP staged a sit-in at the Faizabad junction on November 8, 2017.

In a submission to the Supreme Court, former PEMRA chairman Absar Alam said that pressure was applied to the media regulating body during the Faizabad sit-in by former ISI commander Faiz Hameed.

After the Fact-Finding Committee report was rejected by the Supreme Court, the federal government formed an inquiry commission led by retired Inspector General Akhtar Ali Shah.

The probe panel, however, handed the former intelligence head the clean pass in its 149-page report, which was released Thursday.

Faiz Hameed was granted authorization for the arrangement, according to the commission, by the then-DG ISI and Army Chief. Additionally included in the article was the inclusion of Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and then-Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the arrangement.

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The IHC upholds Bushra Bibi’s request to be transferred from Bani Gala to Adiala Jail.




Bushra Bibi’s request to be transferred from Bani Gala to Adiala Jail was granted by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday.

The former first lady Bushra Bibi’s application to be transferred from Bani Gala sub-jail to Adiala was heard today.

Details reveal that the Islamabad High Court heard a motion to restore the denied petition about the relocation of Bushra Bibi, the wife of PTI founder, from sub-jail Bani Gala to Adiala.

The application for the reinstatement of appeal was heard by Justice Miagul Hassan Aurangzeb. When state attorney Abdul Rehman entered the courtroom on behalf of the state, Usman Riaz Gill represented the former first lady.

State counsel did not object to the appeal being restored during court proceedings. At the following hearing, the court asked for assistance in determining what conditions must be met for a location to be designated as a sub-jail.

The court also mandated that Bushra Bibi’s medical examination be scheduled. The court subsequently delayed the hearing and gave instructions to fix the appeal for April 22.

Recall that the attorneys for former first lady Bushra Bibi, Barrister Salman Safdar, Usman Riaz Gill, and Khalid Yusuf Chaudhary, had filed an application to restore the dismissed appeal a day ago, but the Islamabad High Court had denied their request to pursue the case.

The petition contended that the traffic gridlock at the Sarina Chowk checkpoint was the reason for the delay in getting to the court.

The attorneys did not purposefully take their time getting to court. They warned that the petitioner would suffer irreversible loss if the petition was not resurrected.

IHC Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb has voiced his displeasure at the absence of attorneys from the court.

According to Judge Aurangzeb, the former first lady would have been imprisoned if Bushra Bibi’s attorneys had prevailed in this case. The attorneys themselves were opposed to Bushra Bibi’s incarceration.

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