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PTI moves SC registries, seeks judicial commission to investigate Imran Khan attack



  • PTI seeks formation of three judicial commissions.
  • Party wants SC to probe Swait’s alleged video leak saga. 
  • Qureshi says “right” to register FIR not being recognised.

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: PTI Monday moved five registries of the Supreme Court in different cities across the country seeking the formation of a judicial commission to probe the assassination attack on party chief Imran Khan in Wazirabad.

The Punjab Police had registered a first information report (FIR) on the Supreme Court’s orders last week, but the PTI was not satisfied as it did not contain the names of the people whom Khan wanted to nominate.

Bullet fragments hit Khan in the legs on November 3 during PTI’s long march in Wazirabad, following which he was moved to Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital in Lahore. He was discharged later and is now at his residence.

In the petition, the PTI has requested the top court to hold public hearings and form commissions on three matters — the Wazirabad attackjournalist Arshad Sharif’s killing, and Senator Azam Swati’s alleged video leak saga.

Before the PTI, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had also written letters to Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial to form judicial commissions on two issues — the attack on Khan and the murder of Sharif.

PTI’s petition claimed that the assassination bid near Gujranwala was a “clear attempt to literally eliminate ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan”.

The petition maintained that following the incident, another “grave injustice” continues to fester as the police have “refused to register the FIR according to the request submitted by the complainant”.

In light of this, the PTI urged the top court to invoke its original jurisdiction under Article 184(3) of the Constitution.

The petition also sought the formation of a judicial commission into the alleged “illegal video recording” of Senator Azam Swati and his wife, which according to the party, contains their footage while they were staying at an official rest house.

“This is an infringement of inviolable dignity of man guaranteed under Article 14 of the Constitution of Pakistan as well as a gross violation of the law in terms of wiretaps and clandestine camera placements for the purposes of making covert videos,” the petition said.

Moving on, the party has also raised the matter of slain journalist Sharif’s murder with the court. The senior anchorperson was killed in Kenya and Kenyan authorities claim that he lost his life in a “mistaken identity case”.

The party said the “brutal assassination of famous journalist has created lot of consternation in the public in-general and journalist community in particular”.

The petition said that it is crucial that an independent commission inquires about the circumstance that compelled Sharif to flee the country and eventually end up in Kenya.

“In view of the foregoing, it is respectfully requested that the instant application may kindly be put before the honourable Supreme Court for an appropriate and timely order for the constitution of a Commission in terms of Order XXXII of Supreme Court Rules 1980 to hold public inquiry in the above-said issues and record its findings in a detailed report.”

‘Right’ not being recognised

In a press conference after submitting the petition to the SC’s Lahore Registry, PTI Vice President Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the party has requested the chief justice to form judicial commissions.

Qureshi said that the MPs have submitted applications in Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Islamabad and Lahore.

He said that the facts and those responsible for the attack should be brought forward while urging an investigation into the matter. “Our right to launch an FIR is not being recognised,” he added.

For his part, PTI Senior Vice President Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said Khan barely survived an assassination attempt, but an FIR of the attack was not being registered.

“The law is clear. I am nominating that these people are involved in it. You simply register the complaint,” Fawad said.

“I say don’t weaken the Supreme Court so much that people stop looking to it,” Fawad said, adding that decisions could not be taken in closed rooms in Pakistan.

“If elections were held timely, the country would be in a better condition.”

He said PTI was fighting a war to redeem the pride of institutions. “A crisis has arisen in the judicial system, the same is the case with other institutions,” Fawad added.

“Our fight is to restore the gravitas of the constitution, democracy, and institutions. We have advised them to avoid conflicts and move forward,” Fawad said, adding: “There are three issues on which we want the supreme court to take notice”.

Alluding to the ouster of his party in a late-night vote of no-trust, he said the “regime change operation” created a lot of instability in Pakistan.


Imran Khan’s aide kickstarts PTI funding campaign in Europe




LONDON: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Zulfi Bukhari has kickstarted a mass mobilisation and fundraising campaign for the party in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Addressing a workers’ convention in High Wycombe in London along with Sahibzada Jahangir, one of the founders of PTI, Zulfi said that the mass mobilisation and fundraising has been started for the elections scheduled for February next year.

“We will take part in elections at any cost. We need funds and effort from the overseas regions. The party needs funds for its legal challenges as well for the election campaign,” he said.

Zulfi said the entire leadership is prepared for the elections and will not be deterred by the arrest threats.

The former cabinet member said he will be going to Pakistan himself as soon as the party leadership directs him, adding that he was prepared to go to jail.

However, it is unlikely that Zulfi will be travelling to Pakistan anytime soon as the caretaker govt has requested Interpol for his arrest. He was in Dubai when the Interpol request was made, he left UAE and since then has not travelled outside London.

Zulfi said he will be personally visiting cities in the United Kingdom and Europe to raise funds.

The PTI leader revealed that the campaign in the UK is scheduled to start shortly and arrangements are in place. He said the PTI Core Committee was meeting daily to discuss affairs of the party to formulate strategies on a daily basis.

Zulfi Bukhari has so far stayed away from PTI UK events but his decision to take part in mobilisation suggests he has been asked by the leadership in Pakistan to engage with the local chapter.

Two weeks ago, he told an audience at the University of London that making Usman Buzdar Punjab’s chief minister was a mistake but Imran Khan did the right thing by not sacking him.

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Bannu Cantonment Board CEO Bilal Pasha ‘commits suicide’




  • Police say Bilal Pasha was suffering from mental stress.
  • Police say they found his body at his residence. 
  • Inquiry launched into incident to find cause of death. 

BANNU: Bannu Cantonment Board chief executive officer Bilal Pasha has allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself, the police said on Tuesday. 

According to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Cantt Azmat Khan, Pasha was suffering from mental stress for several days which led to his suicide. 

The police said that they found Pasha’s body covered in blood inside his residence where he shot himself. They added that his body had been moved to the District Headquarters Hospital, Bannu.

According to a media report, the police have launched an inquiry into the incident to find whether Pasha committed suicide or was murdered. They also said that he had a bullet wound in his head. 

Following the funeral prayers, which were held at the premises of the cantonment board, the body was sent to Pasha’s hometown Khanewal for burial. 

The news of Pasha’s death, who was a distinguished CSS officer, spread across social media which left everyone in shock. Several reports had also claimed that the CEO had died of a cardiac arrest.  

People across social media demanded an investigation into the matter, saying that the police should find out whether it was a suicide or someone murdered him. 

Bilal belonged to Punjab and began his primary education in a mosque-established school. He then studied at Emerson College Multan and graduated in Agriculture from the University of Faisalabad. 

He also secured 47th rank in the CSS examination. 

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Arrest Marriyum Aurangzeb and present in court on Dec 9: Lahore ATC




  • ATC Judge Abher Gul Khan directs SHO to execute orders. 
  • Arrest orders issued for non-appearance in court. 
  • Aurangzeb accused of making hate speech against Imran Khan. 

LAHORE: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Lahore on Monday directed the police to arrest Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Marriyum Aurangzeb in a hate speech case and produce her in court on December 9.

The orders were issued by ATC Judge Abher Gul Khan who directed the station house officer (SHO) concerned to execute the arrest warrants of Aurangzeb.  

The non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against the former information minister for not appearing before the court.

A terrorism case has been registered against Aurangzeb, Mian Javed Latif, state-run Pakistan Television’s Managing Director Sohail Khan and others for allegedly trying to incite hatred by using the religion card against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan.

Latif and Aurangzeb were accused of making controversial remarks at the behest of their party leadership in order to spread religious hatred against the former prime minister.

In the previous hearing, the ATC judge cancelled the non-bailable arrest warrant against Latif after he appeared before the court.

Advocate Farhad Ali Shah representing Javed Latif and Marriyum Aurangzeb appeared before the court.

During the hearing, Judge Khan inquired about the whereabouts of the PML-N leaders and was informed that Latif had appeared while Aurangzeb had not.

Consequently, the judge issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for the former information minister and directed all suspects named in the case to appear before the court on December 9.

The issuance of the warrant came after the political leaders’ initial failure to appear in court. The judge set December 9 as the deadline for the prosecution to respond to the former information minister’s application seeking acquittal.

In her plea, Aurangzeb asserted that she played no role in the alleged incitement through her speeches in talk shows. She distanced herself from any claims made against her during these shows emphasising her innocence and requesting acquittal.

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