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Judges should ‘accord Imran Khan respect’: Fawad Chaudhry

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PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry, showing disapproval of the allegedly inappropriate manner in which party chairman Imran Khan is treated, has said that “judges should accord him respect”.

His remarks came on the eve of Islamabad High Court’s verdict in a case lodged against Khan, after he allegedly made contemptuous remarks against Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry.

The judge had approved a two-day physical remand of Shahbaz Gill, Khan’s chief of staff, who is embroiled in a case of his own, pertaining to sedition, after inciting mutiny within the Pakistan Army with his remarks on a private TV news channel.

Khan, at a public rally on August 20 at F-9 park in Islamabad, said the judge should “prepare herself” as action would be taken against her.

He dodged a bullet however, as the high court today decided not to proceed with contempt proceedings after Khan said he was willing to apologise to the judge.

In an interview to an online news platform, Raftar, yesterday, Chaudhry, when asked what he expects the outcome to be and whether Khan should apologise or not, said: “He can go ahead and apologise. What difference will it make?”

He went on to say that he thinks Khan should take the stand, instead of “someone or the other standing up there”. “This is a matter between the court and the [petitioner],” he said, adding: “[But] they are not listening to him.”

The former information minister said he had advised his party chairman as much, that he should be heard in court, “tens of times”.

“I believe that when God has blessed someone with the respect that Imran Khan has, then it is everyone’s duty to respect him. Imran Khan, right now, is the leader of millions of people. And the judges should accord him respect too.

“They shouldn’t do these things, such as not allowing his security staff to accompany him. These are small things. Imran Khan is Pakistan’s biggest leader. He should be given respect,” he said.

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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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