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PTI workers stage violent protest, enter Sindh House in Islamabad by force

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  • Workers in Faisalabad and Peshawar also protest against PTI MNAs.
  • Protesters demonstrate against MNAs Noor Alam Khan and Raja Riaz. 
  • Despite police deployment outside Sindh House, workers still break the gate.
  • Following incident, PTI MNAs Attaullah Niazi and Faheem Khan have been arrested for partaking in protest

After around two dozen PTI MNAs decided to move to the Sindh House to seek refuge from the government’s wrath, party workers resorted to violence in Islamabad Friday as they barged into the lodges to throw the lawmakers out.

Hordes of PTI workers — including MNA Ataullah Niazi — participated in the demonstration. The workers chanted slogans against the PTI MNAs and in PM Khan’s support. They also smashed the lotay with their feet. A lota is a derogatory term in Pakistani politics, used for turncoats. 

Meanwhile, the PTI and Insaf Student Federation (ISF) workers in Faisalabad also protested against MNA Raja Riaz at the Zila Council Chowk. The protesters demanded Riaz resign from the party. As a result, a heavy contingent of police was deployed outside the MNA’s house for his security. 

The demonstrators held placards and posters depicting the faces of the MNAs covered in black ink. A huge crowd blocked the road and chanted slogans against the MNAs. A similar protest also took place in Peshawar against MNA Noor Alam Khan.

Two PTI MNAs, 12 protesters arrested for participating in protest

Following the incident, two PTI MNAs — Attaullah Niazi and Faheem Khan — and 12 PTI members have been arrested by the Islamabad Police for partaking in the protest.

Addressing the violence outside the Sindh House, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed had issued orders to arrest the PTI supporters who were involved in the “unfortunate incident.”

Condemning the turn of events, he said that the situation is now “under control” and added that the inspector general of police Islamabad has been instructed to arrest all people involved in the violent protest, including the two MNAs.

He further said that security has been tightened around the lodge and police have been instructed to take strict actions against protesters. 

‘Worst form of terrorism’: PPP’s Sharjeel Memon

Terming the violent protest outside the Sindh House the “worst form of terrorism”, PPP’s Sharjeel Memon accused the Islamabad police of not taking action and acting as a spectator.

The MPA further said: “It is the failure of the Islamabad Police and the interior ministry as “such an attack on government property has been unprecedented.” 

“PTI’s tigers were involved in the attack at the Sindh House but the police remained silent,” Memon said, adding that several MNA’s are present in Sindh House along with their families.

He warned the government that if such “terrorist attacks” are carried out again, then PTI MNAs will have to “face the consequences.”

Disgruntled PTI MNA claims to receive threats

Following PTI members’ protest against Noor Alam Khan, he took to Twitter and claimed that he and his sons are receiving threats.

“Receiving threats telling me what we did with Benazir Bhutto shaheed and Bashir Bilour shaheed will do with you and your three sons. I saved others numbers who have given threats present leadership will be responsible [sic].”

‘Only option left for you is thuggery’: Maryam

Following the incident, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz took to Twitter and wrote that the government should “go home” if it has any sense of shame left.

“God willing, you will not be able to save the government, but if you have any sense of shame left in you, then go home,” she wrote. 

Maryam further wrote that since the government has not been “elected,” it had no reason to show resistance.  “The only option left for you is to resort to thuggery, but that will also backfire.”

‘How many people will [the govt] stop?’: Fawad Chaudhry

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, while reacting to the development, tweeted that the Sindh House is situated in a “sensitive area” in the proximity of the Chief Justice House, ministers’ colony, and the residences of other important personalities. 

“PPP and PML-N turncoats should shift from [the Sindh House to some other place] otherwise, this show will continue throughout the month,” he said. “How many people will [the government] stop?”

‘PTI will warn workers who vandalised Sindh House’: Gill

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill said the arrested MNAs will be released on his personal surety, following the legal procedures.

Condemning the protest outside the Sindh House, the SAPM regretted the situation and said: “It shouldn’t have happened.”

He further said the PTI will warn the workers who vandalised the Sindh House by breaking the door. 

“The party will ask its workers to protest peacefully within the ambit of the law,” he added.

Talking about the party’s disgruntled leader Riaz, Gill said: “Raja Riaz was not worthy enough to get votes on the party’s tickets,” adding that people will react if the MNAs turn their back on the prime minister. “The nation is standing with Imran Khan,” he added.

Recalling yesterday’s incident when Gill used profanity against PTI MNA Ramesh Kumar, the SAPM said that he is taking his words back. “No one would bat an eye if I use this word in English,” he added.

“What else do we call a person who engages in p*mping,” said Gill while talking about the PTI workers inside the Sindh House. He went on to say that “people’s consciences are being bought through sacks full of money.”

‘Sindh govt to lodge FIR against PTI workers’: Murtaza Wahab

Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh on Law Murtaza Wahab took to Twitter and said that the Sindh government has decided to lodge a first information report (FIR) against PTI members who vandalized the Sindh House in Islamabad.

“PTI lawmakers & workers have yet again proven that #Sindh House needs protection & more deployment of Sindh Police & SSU is needed,” he tweeted, adding that the FIRs will be lodged under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

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The bail petition of Parvez Elahi in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by the ATC.

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A bail application filed by Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, a leader of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) party, in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on the grounds of prematurity.

ATC Judge Arshad Javed announced the decision during today’s hearing.

The counsel representing Parvez Elahi contended that there was a significant likelihood of his client being arrested in relation to the Jinnah House attack case. It was stated that the ex-Chief Minister had previously been held in custody on judicial remand in other cases.

The petitioner requested the court to authorise the release of Parvez Elahi on bail in the Jinnah House attack case.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistan have initiated discussions at the policy level.

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The expectation is that both parties will conclude the negotiations during the current week and finalise a staff-level agreement, which will then be subject to the ultimate approval of the IMF Executive Board.

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Iran has officially announced a period of national mourning following the tragic death of Raisi in a helicopter crash.

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The state-run news agency IRNA has reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has announced a period of five days for the entire nation to grieve the untimely death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter accident.

Khamenei paid a respectful homage by sharing a photograph of himself with Raisi on X, previously known as Twitter, and included a remark alluding to Imam Reza, the highly esteemed eighth imam of Shia Islam.

Mohammad Mokhber, the First Vice President, has been appointed to supervise the executive branch of the government. He will serve in this role temporarily for a period of 50 days, during which a new presidential election must take place. Mokhber has committed to perpetuating Raisi’s trajectory and guaranteeing the seamless execution of governmental responsibilities.

“As per Article 131 of the constitution, Mokhber has been appointed to lead the executive branch,” stated Khamenei. He further mentioned that Mokhber will collaborate with the heads of the legislative and judicial branches to make arrangements for the upcoming presidential elections, with a deadline of 50 days.”

According to IRNA, Ali Bagheri Kani has been designated as the interim foreign minister following this unfortunate event. The remains of Raisi are currently being brought to Tabriz, however, specific information regarding his funeral plans has not yet been provided.

An unusual conference, encompassing all three levels of the Iranian government, was convened on Monday in response to the tragedy. Mokhber served as the representative of the executive branch, while delegates from the legislative and judiciary branches were also present.

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