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Imran Khan ties Jail Bharo movement to delay in KP, Punjab polls

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Monday warned that his party would kick-start the Jail Bharo movement if elections were not held within 90 days.

“Not announcing the election schedule is a direct violation of the Constitution. It is clearly stated that polls should be held in 90 days,” he said during a video message, as Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa await polls following the dissolution of assemblies last month.

“If the elections are not held within 90 days, we will start the Jail Bharo movement,” Khan said.

Gearing up his workers for his party’s new campaign to pressurise the Pakistan Democratic Movement-led government in the centre, the PTI chief urged them to register themselves with PTI’s district presidents, so that the movement can be started in cities across Pakistan.

“I want the volunteers to get their registration first and then I’ll announce the date on which we will begin the Jail Bharo movement. This will happen in a few days which is why I want volunteers to come forward,”

He added that through this campaign, his party will be able to acquire “haqeeqi azadi (true freedom)” and true democracy.

Khan, in his address, said the economic crisis in Pakistan at present is unprecedented. He added that common people have never witnessed the extent of inflation and unemployment which the country is currently going through.

“Considering how terrible the country’s economic situation is and because we have never resorted to disruption in our 26 years of politics, the Jail Bharo movement is a peaceful way to protest [against it],” the PTI chief said.

“It’s been 25 days and no date for the election has been given. Article 6 will be applied to those who postpone the elections beyond the Constitutional term,” he said.

Khan also highlighted that his party decided to dissolve the two assemblies as the country was going through instability. “Governments in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were dissolved under the Constitution.”

The deposed prime minister, who was ousted from office due to a vote of no-confidence last April, also slammed the federal government for “running away” from Islamabad’s local body elections.

“The court ordered for the elections to be held within 48 hours. It’s been a month but polls aren’t taking place,” the PTI chief deplored.

Informing his supporters and the nation about his decision to announce the Jail Bharo movement, the former premier said: “Nations are governed by law, while the constitution decides what is legal and illegal. The nation is losing confidence in the Constitution and law.”

He added that the Constitution and law have been flouted ever since the “imported government” came into power. “I told their handlers that if the [PTI] government was overthrown by conspiracy, then they wouldn’t be able to handle the situation.”

Khan added the circumstances are such that the police and state don’t even listen to court orders, and people are being “picked up” and “tortured”.

The PTI chief’s comments came in connection to the arrests made and cases filed against his party’s members. Sedition cases have been filed against PTI Senior Vice-President Fawad Chaudhry and former member of the National Assembly Shandana Gulzar, while Senator Azam Swati and Shahbaz Gill were earlier booked for speaking against the military.

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According to the former federal minister, “Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif are standing on the wrong side of history.” He claimed that anybody who supported them would not be looked at.

The nation is experiencing political and economic upheaval, he claimed. An ex-minister claimed, “The government is now causing judicial instability.”

Anarchy is being generated, he claimed. “People will face more hardships; this is just the beginning,” stated Fawad Chaudhry.

As stated by a former PTI leader, “individuals from outside the PTI are committing digital terrorism.” He continued, “Everyone has to avoid them as they want to start fights while they are sitting abroad.”

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PTI is given further time by the ECP to provide documents in the intra-party election case.

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Following an intra-party elections case, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was given an extension by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday to submit its paperwork.

Hearings were held on the PTI intra-party election case before a three-member bench chaired by Sindh ECP member Nisar Durrani.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ECP member questioned who oversaw the PTI elections as it wasn’t an organization.

Regarding the PTI’s recent election, the ECP voiced no objections. Barrister Gohar, the Chief of PTI, replied, “We plan to address a few legal and technical queries given enough time.”

During the raid on the PTI Central Secretariat, he claimed that the police had seized everything, including crucial party records, and that they had not even left a “water dispenser.”

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The PTI has filed a petition with the Lahore High Court to seek permission for holding a protest at Minar-e-Pakistan on August 14.

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In its appeal, PTI said that there will be no unlawful activity during the gathering, which they intended to hold on August 14 at Minar-e-Pakistan.

Permission from the court to hold the rally at Minar-e-Pakistan was requested.

PTI also asked for an injunction to stop harassing the petitioner and their family.

Notifying the Deputy Commissioner and other relevant parties, the court requested their comments. There was a one-week delay in the heating.

Note that the administration was also ordered by the Islamabad High Court to hold talks with the PTI in order to arrange a public gathering.

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