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Imran Khan, PTI should refrain from inciting riots tomorrow, Rana Sanaullah warns

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  • “Law will take its due course if anyone tries to sabotage writ of the state,” says Rana Sanaullah.
  • Interior minister says he has received reports that over 500 miscreants belonging to the PTI have been brought to Punjab.
  • Interior minister alleges that the party has made a plan of clashes among Pakhtoon and Punjabi brothers.

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah Khan on Saturday warned the PTI leadership to exercise restraint and avoid disrupting peaceful proceedings of tomorrow’s by-elections in Punjab.

“The law will take its due course if anyone tries to sabotage the writ of the state by indulging in unlawful activities,” he said.

The interior minister’s warning was also addressed in particular to PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

A day earlier, Sanaullah said that he has received reports that “over 500 miscreants of the PTI” have been brought to Punjab to “sabotage” the elections process.

A plea seeking permission for appointing polling agents hailing from outside the concerned constituency is part of the conspiracy, Sanaullah added.

“Imran Khan has lost elections and is preparing to fight with the masses,” he said and warned Khan and the PTI’s tiger force to remain within the ambit of the law.

Lashing out at the PTI, the interior minister alleged that the party has made a plan of clashes among Pakhtoon and Punjabi brothers. He accused PTI’s Pervez Khattak, Asad Qaiser, Ali Muhammad Khan and Murad Saeed of sheltering the “miscreants”.

Khan would be responsible for the consequences if PTI’s tigers attempt to “disrupt the elections”, he said, adding that the government would not allow them to steal the mandate of the people in the 20 constituencies.

He vowed to ensure fair and peaceful by-elections in the province tomorrow.

Special control rooms set up

It is pertinent to mention here that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has set up special control rooms at central and provincial levels to monitor the by-elections, being held in 20 constituencies of Punjab Assembly tomorrow.

According to the ECP, the control rooms will continue working till the compilation of polling results, Radio Pakistan reported.

Returning Officers, relevant Deputy Commissioners, representatives of police, Rangers and the Pakistan Army will be present in the control rooms to deal with any emergency.

The control rooms will promptly resolve election-related complaints.

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Bushra Bibi challenges the Nikah case’s verdict in court.

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According to specifics, Bushra Bibi’s attorney, Khalid Yousaf Chaudhry, entered a plea on her behalf, requesting that the trial court’s decision from February 3 be deemed invalid.

Salman Akram Raja, Salman Safdar, and other individuals will also be parties in this action, while Bushra Bibi’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka and the federal government have been named respondents in the plea.

According to the plea, the former first lady went to her mother’s house in August 2017 after divorcing in April.

Furthermore, the ruling is unlawful, immoral, and un-Islamic because the matter pertaining to Bushra Bibi and Khan’s nikah was outside the court’s jurisdiction.

In a case concerning their marriage during the latter’s Iddat era, a court in Islamabad earlier this year condemned former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi to seven years in prison apiece.

The decision on the lawsuit submitted by Bushra’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka in a temporary court at Adiala jail was announced by senior civil judge Qudratullah. The pair was also fined Rs 500,000 apiece by the court.

Bushra Bibi and Imran Khan’s marriage
In February 2018, the former prime minister married Bushra Bibi in Lahore.

Only the bride’s mother and other close relatives and friends were present for the ceremony. The sisters of the PTI founder, however, were not present.

Former SAPM Zulfi Bukhari and Awn Chaudhary, leaders of the Pakitan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), were present when Mufti Saeed conducted the nikah.

Bibi’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka had petitioned the court last year, arguing that the marriage was unlawful and in violation of Sharia law.

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Excuses from Adiala Jail to let Imran’s spouse Bushra due to security concerns

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Bushra Bibi’s appeal was heard by Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb; however, the Adiala Jail administration denied Bushra Bibi’s request to be transferred to the jail on Thursday. Superintendent Adiala Jail filed his report with the court.

Bushra Bibi’s attorney, Usman Gul, arrived in court.

The jail supervisor stated that there is not enough room for extra female inmates at the jail—250 women are now incarcerated—and that Bushra Bibi cannot be sent there for security concerns.

The Chief Commissioner of Islamabad has not yet responded.

To give time to respond, the prosecutor asked for it. The plea was accepted by the court, and the hearing was postponed for two weeks.

Bushra Bibi, the spouse of Maulvi Khan, was taken into custody by the women’s police from Adiala jail after she made a request over the Toshkahana reference case.

In December 2023, Bushra Bibi, the wife of former prime minister Imran Khan, received a final call-up notice from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) requiring her to appear before the Rawalpindi office in Islamabad on December 11 in relation to the Toshakhana case.

According to the notice, Bushra Bibi accepted presents from foreign dignitaries totaling millions of rupees while Imran Khan was prime minister, going against the protocol that is in place for managing such gifts.

She maintained two rings, a set of bracelets, a pair of earrings, and a locket with chain in 2019, according to NAB.

She kept a ring, earrings, bracelet, necklace, and ring in 2020.

She reportedly disregarded the legal need to deposit a wristwatch, earrings, rings, and a necklace with chain that she got in 2021 in the Toshakhana.

Along with the previously stated materials, the anti-graft committee has asked Bushra Bibi to come before them in order to address any queries and offer clarifications on the subject.

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Cabinet meeting to be called by interim prime minister today

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The caretaker federal cabinet will convene today under the direction of caretaker Prime Minister (PM) Anwarul Haq Kakar.

Today at noon, the supervisory federal cabinet will begin its meeting, during which the state of the nation will be examined.

In addition to discussing the nation’s economic and security conditions, the Cabinet will extend the DG Financial Monitoring’s mandate by a year.

The permission of hiring a drug inspector will be discussed during the cabinet meeting, along with the ratification of the rulings made by the Cabinet Committee for the Disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC) and the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC).

Prior to this, the status of the civilian intelligence organisation Intelligence Bureau (IB) was altered by Caretaker Prime Minister Kakar.

The announcement states that the IB’s status was upgraded from bureaucracy to division by the acting prime minister. Director General (DG) IB Fawad Asadullah made particular efforts to ratify the change of status.

The Intelligence Bureau was divided into a division with the agreement of the acting prime minister. This move was made to streamline the bureau’s financial and administrative operations.

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