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Pakistan not far from “Sri Lanka moment”, says former PM Imran Khan



Imran Khan had called for a protest over the developments in the Punjab Assembly elections. (file)


Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Saturday warned that Pakistan is not far from a “Sri Lankan moment” when people will take to the streets for “rightful freedom” against the “mafia”. Led by Asif Zardari and the Sharif family.

Imran Khan said on Twitter that the mafia led by Asif Zardari and Sharif family has brought the country to its knees politically and financially in just three months to save the illegally amassed wealth.

“In just three months Zardari-Sharif’s mafia has brought the country to its knees politically and financially; only to save the illegally accumulated wealth accumulated in 30 years of looting Pakistan. My question is that For how long will the state institutions continue to allow this?” He tweeted.

“After my talks with our country and their response to my call for real freedom, I can definitely say that the people of Pakistan have enough and will not allow these mafia to continue their loot and plunder,” he said.

“We are not far from a Sri Lanka moment when our people take to the streets,” Mr. Khan said.

Imran Khan’s remarks came as the Supreme Court is hearing a petition filed by PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, a day earlier in favor of Hamza Shahbaz, deputy speaker of Punjab Assembly (PA) on the re-election of the chief minister. Muhammad Mazari’s decision was challenged. News reported.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandiyal summoned the Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly after PTI and PML-Q filed a petition against Hamza Shahbaz’s victory during the election of Punjab Chief Minister.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandiyal, Justice Ejaz-ul-Ehsan and Justice Muneeb Akhtar headed the proceedings in the case.

As reported by ARY News, the Supreme Court also summoned Hamza Shahbaz, Attorney General, Chief Secretary Punjab and Advocate General Punjab and directed the Deputy Speaker to bring records of Punjab Chief Minister election.

During the hearing, the Chief Justice remarked that there was nothing in his judgment which was mentioned by the Deputy Speaker during the proceedings of the Assembly.

“We are here to learn and summon the deputy speaker so that he can identify the paragraph from the apex court’s decision on which he used to decide the matter,” he said.

Supreme Court today suspended Dost Muhammad Mazari at 2:30 pm for citing Article 63A of the Constitution and not counting votes of defecting MPs as well as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza. Shahbaz has been summoned to choose him as the Chief Minister of Punjab. ,

Media reports said this comes after former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) filed a petition against friend Muhammad Mazari’s decision to reject 10 PML-Q votes in Punjab’s chief ministerial election. has come.

Leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Qaid (PML-Q) reached the Supreme Court registry in Lahore late last night and filed a petition against the Punjab Chief Minister election.

The petition said that the ruling violated the apex court’s decision with regard to the interpretation of Article 63A of the Constitution and asked the court to set aside the decision.

Earlier, Shahbaz of the PML-N was re-elected as the Chief Minister of Punjab after the Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly rejected the Pakistan Muslim League-Qaid (PML-Q) votes.

On Friday, PTI and PML-Q joint candidate Parvez Elahi got 186 votes, while Hamza Shahbaz got 179 votes. However, Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari nullified 10 votes of the PML-Q, taking the figure to 176.

After the counting of votes, the deputy speaker overruled ten votes cast by the PML-Q members, citing Article 63A of the Constitution. As a result, Hamza Shahbaz got 179 votes, while Parvez Elahi got 176 votes.

Hamza Shahbaz took oath as the Chief Minister of Punjab on Saturday.

This is the second time that Hamza Shahbaz has defeated Parvez Elahi in the contest of Chief Minister of Punjab. Back in April, after the then governor, Umar Sarfaraz Cheema, refused to administer the oath to him, his swearing-in was delayed by several days.

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