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Imran Khan ‘ready to talk to everyone’ for sake of country, democracy

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  • Imran Khan vows to appear before court on March 18.
  • Claims attempts to arrest him are being made to kill him.
  • Expresses fears that he will be ‘tortured’ if he is arrested.

Amid worsening political turmoil in the country in the backdrop of recent clashes between the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) activists and the law enforcers in connection with the possible arrest of Imran Khan, the deposed prime minister has said that he is ready to “talk to everyone” for the sake of the country’s interest, progress and democracy.

Taking to Twitter on Thursday, the PTI chairman said that he would not hesitate from rendering any sacrifice for Pakistan.

The development came a day after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif extended a dialogue offer to his predecessor while addressing a meeting held with a delegation of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) at the PM House. “All political parties should have to sit together to take the country forward,” he had said.

In another Tweet, Khan expressed heartfelt gratitude to the people who joined him in his struggle for “real freedom” and prayed for the success of his movement.

Khan vows to appear before court on March 18

Earlier today, Imran Khan said that he believes in the rule of law and said, “I will appear in the court on March 18, then why is the whole drama being created?”

A district and sessions court in Islamabad had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for Khan and instructed the police to arrest him and produce him before the court on March 18 in connection with the Toshakhana case.

Khan claimed that the attempts to arrest him were not being made to present him before the courts but to “kill” him.

Talking to journalists, the PTI leader expressed fears that he would be “subjected to torture” if he is arrested.

“I’ve never refused to appear before the court, but they are calling me to a place where I have security concerns,” he said as he sustained injuries in an assassination attempt in Wazirabad on November 3, 2022.

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Train hits dumper at Gojra level crossing

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At an unmanned level crossing in Gojra late on Sunday night, a train carrying two Rehman Baba Express drivers was injured when it struck a dumper.

Rehman Baba Express struck a dumper at Gojra level crossing No. 99 while traveling from Peshawar to Karachi, according to details. Two train drivers were stranded inside the debris, and the train’s engine sustained significant damage in the crash.

When rescue personnel arrived, they broke the engine’s body to free the drivers who were still in critical condition. All of the passengers were safe throughout the collision, according to railway authorities.

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PTI to abstain from voting in Senate chairman and deputy elections

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The election of the Senate’s chairman and deputy chairman is going to be boycotted by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The PTI’s political and core committee declares that it is unlawful to elect the Senate’s chairman and deputy chairman. The party has chosen to file a legal challenge to the election.

The sources from the core committee claimed that the election of the chairman and deputy chairman was unlawful and that the House of Federation was incomplete.

The constitutional plan was also violated by the Senate election that took place without Khyber Pakhtunkhwa senators being elected. According to sources, the Senate was not operating without a chairman.

The Senate Secretariat was only able to make administrative decisions. The source stated that the Senate secretary was not authorized to interpret the Constitution on his own while under duress and that the Upper House was only able to function as one department in the absence of the Senate chairman.

They said that this was the first time in a democratic regime that the Senate had stopped operating.

The PTI claimed that individuals responsible for the upper house’s non-functioning should face consequences for trampling on the constitutional structure.

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There won’t be a total solar eclipse today in Pakistan.

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This Wednesday will be the first full solar eclipse of the year. But it won’t be visible in Asia.

Around 11:07 am PDT, or 9:07 pm local time in Pakistan, the eclipse will initially be visible near the Pacific Coast of Mexico. After that, the eclipse will pass through a large region of the United States, from Texas to Maine, and into Canada.

The total eclipse will last for four minutes, and the eclipse will continue for five hours and ten minutes.

The eclipse will proceed into Texas, passing through over a dozen states before reaching southern Ontario in Canada, according to NASA. At around 5:16 p.m. NDT, the eclipse will leave mainland North America and go out of Newfoundland, Canada.

According to NASA, there is a path where the eclipse will be visible in its entirety, and outside of this area, spectators may notice a partial eclipse, in which the moon covers part of the sun but not all of it.

In the ensuing two decades, there won’t be another full solar eclipse. On October 2, South America will witness the second solar eclipse of the year. Yet it will just be a portion of it.

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