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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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Bulls Reenter PSX: The KSE-100 Rises More Than 886 Points

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As the market surged more than 800 points in the early morning trade, bulls grabbed control at the Pakistan Stock Exchange.

During the first trading session, the benchmark KSE-100 index increased by 886 points to 61,350.48 points.

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Mian Aslam of PTI petitions PHC for transit bail.

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Gohar Ali Khan proclaimed Mian Aslam as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s nominee for Chief Minister of Punjab, following Imran Khan’s approval.

According to specifics, the PTI leader entered a petition at Peshawar High Court, claiming that the plaintiff was charged in nineteen separate counts.

The petition asked the court to provide PTI candidate Mian Aslam transit bail so that she can run for chief minister of Punjab.

Gohar Ali Khan proclaimed Mian Aslam as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s nominee for Chief Minister of Punjab, following Imran Khan’s approval.

Leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, including Mian Aslam Iqbal, the party’s nominee for Punjab chief minister, had already proclaimed their absconding in the May 9 case.

According to specifics, on May 9, the Lahore anti-terrorism court heard a case involving the setting of containers on fire at Kalma Chowk. The judge declared 11 PTI candidates to be absconders.

Azam Swati, Zubair Niazi, Murad Saeed, Hamad Azhar, Imtiaz Sheikh, Wasiq Qayyum Abbasi, Mussarat Iqbal Cheema, Jamshed Cheema, Hamid Raza Gilani, and Siyad Khan are among the PTI candidates.

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Senate Session: Senate Proceeds With Debate On Important National Issues

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Today, the Senate reconvened in the Parliament House in Islamabad, with Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani presiding.

The House has persisted in debating matters of national significance.

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