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As the March Goes on, Imran Khan Continues to Criticize Nawaz's Credibility, November 11, 2022
Nawaz will never let COAS to be appointed on merit: Imran
PTI chairman says PML-N has a history of attempting to control institutions to protect plundered wealth
Tribune, Pakistan,November 11, 2022 PTI
Former prime minister and PTI Chairman has reiterated that incumbent coalition government would not appoint next army chief on merit, saying PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif would not let it happen.
“Whoever is on merit should become the next army chief but Nawaz Sharif would not let it happen because they want to control the institutions to save their looted wealth,” he said while addressing PTI’s long march via video link in Gujrat on Friday.
Imran claimed PML-N has a history of influencing and attempting state institutions to save their looted wealth and evade accountability.
“Prime Minister of Pakistan [Shehbaz Sharif] is visiting Britain to meet his brother who is an absconder and escaped to London under the guise of medical treatment,” he added.
Imran said PM Shehbaz went to London to take important decisions of Pakistan with the consultation of his “absconder” brother.
“The one [Nawaz] who looted country for the 30 years will make decisions about army chief’s appointment, elections date and caretaker setup,” he said.
“No one can even imagine that this can happen in a civilised society because rule of law prevails there.”
Imran said the decisions that are being taken in London were not aimed at strengthening institutions “because Sharif family does not believe in merit”.
“Nawaz Sharif had recruited criminals in Punjab police by taking bribes… they tried to buy off judges and they [PML-N] attacked former chief justice Sajjad Ali because he was not under their control.”
The PTI chief’s statement came a day after PML-N supremo Nawaz and PM Shehbaz Sharif decided that all decisions concerning the political affairs of the country will be taken at the ruling party’s will and judgement “without caving under any pressure from anyone”.
According to insiders, both asserted that no pressure will be accepted in the ruling coalition’s decisions regarding political matters and also held consultations on hot-button issues, including the army chief’s appointment and the upcoming general elections.
The decision was taken during a meeting held at the elder Sharif’s residence in London, Avenfield House.
The meeting came as tensions run high on the political front back home and the country continues to reel from the extraordinary sequence of events in recent weeks, including PTI chief Imran Khan’s undeterred march on Islamabad and the attempt on his life last week that triggered nationwide protests.
Prosperous countries have strong institutions: Imran
Dawn, Pakistan, November 11, 2022
PTI chief Imran Khan said that the “thieves” had come into power because of their “handlers”.
“There is murder of morality in this country,” he said, adding that such things don’t occur in civilised countries.
“These thieves have only one other achievement apart from their corruption, they managed to slowly finish their cases,” he said, adding that they had wreaked havoc in the country.
He went on to say that a country is unable to prosper when it forgets its morals.
“Prosperous countries have strong institutions. What they are doing in London is dramatics,” he said, claiming that Nawaz Sharif had never looked at merit when making appointments.
No rule of law in Pakistan, Imran laments
Lashing out at the Sharifs, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif went to London to visit Nawaz Sharif to discuss "the most important position in Pakistan".
Imran Khan addresses the long march via video link. — DawnNewsTV
He stated that this scenario could never occur in any civilized country as rule of law prevails. He lamented the fact that the corrupt were not facing the consequences as there was no rule of law in Pakistan.
"I can't get a first information report registered as an ex-prime minister because a powerful person is in front," he said.
He claimed that "deals" were being made in the country with powerful criminals, adding that "no nation could progress without [ensuring] rule of law".
Imran castigates Sharifs in video address
PTI chief Imran Khan lashed out at PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and premier Shehbaz Sharif.
Addressing the long march via video link, Imran said that the premier had flown to London to meet a “lying absconder”.
The premier is going to meet the same person who was convicted by the apex court, Imran said.
He added that PM Shehbaz was brought into power through a conspiracy.
Imran has support across all economic classes: Fawad
PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry has said that party chief Imran Khan enjoys support across all economic classes from the lower to the upper.
However, he said that the “rich mafia” was definitely against Imran.
PTI leader Asad Umar has said that party chairman Imran Khan won’t let a bulletproof shield come between him and the people.
Umar reached Toba Tek Singh earlier today and addressed supporters. He urged them to join Imran’s “struggle for real freedom”.
The Lahore High Court has rejected a plea seeking to stop PTI’s long march towards Islamabad.
During the hearing, Justice Jawad Hassan said that holding peaceful protests was every citizen and political party’s fundamental right, adding the court had issued similar orders in previous cases as well.
The judge subsequently issued notices to all the respondents and adjourned the hearing till Nov 14.
The petition was filed by the Mall Road Traders Association of Lahore. It stated that citizens from all walks of life were suffering because of the long march and demanded it be stopped immediately.
Punjab govt reconstitutes JIT probing Wazirabad incident
The Punjab government has reconstituted the joint investigation team (JIT) formed yesterday to probe the assassination bid on PTI chairman Imran Khan in Wazirabad.
The JIT formed by the home department will be convened by Dera Ghazi Khan Regional Police Officer Syed Khurram Ali. It has four members: CPO Lahore (Establishment-II) Tariq Rustam Chohan; AIG/monitoring investigation branch, Ihsanullah Chohan; Vehari District Police Officer Muhammad Zatar Buzdar, and CTD Lahore SP Naseebullah Khan.
The team was formed by the Punjab Home Department at the request of Punjab police chief Faisal Shahkar.
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People suffering due to road blockades during PTI long march: Maryam
PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz has said PTI chairman Imran Khan’s long march towards Islamabad was causing road blockades resulting in difficulties for citizens.
PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said the first information report (FIR) of the Wazirabad firing incident lodged by the police had no "value" as it did not implicate the three high-profile suspects named by Imran Khan.
PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi talks to journalists in Gujrat on Friday. — DawnNewsTV
Talking to the media in Gujrat today, Qureshi said the complainant should have been given priority but the "police seemed helpless", adding it showed "some people are above the law".
He said that adherence to the rule of law was vital for Pakistan to progress.
Qureshi says PTI cavalcade to march towards Gujrat after Friday prayers
PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that PTI long march on Islamabad will move towards Gujrat after the Zuhr prayers today.
"We have selected two points [...] Rehmat Elahi Chowk and then the cavalcade will reach the GTS Chowk where Imran Khan will address supporters [...] screens have been set up there," he said in a press conference.
PTI leader Faisal Javed Khan has said that party chairman Imran Khan will address his supporters via video link in Gujrat today.
“A large number of people are eager to welcome Imran,” he tweeted.
Pakistan People’s Party Punjab chapter General Secretary Syed Hasan Murtaza hopes that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan’s sons will join the long march their father has started from Lahore.
Welcoming the arrival of Kasim Khan and Sulaiman Isa Khan in the Punjab capital from London on Thursday, the PPP leader expressed hope that both of young sons of Khan would lead the long march, which resumed from Wazirabad.
Murtaza said it would be a pleasure to see the sons of the Kaptaan walking side by side with the workers’ children in the long march.
Pindi breathes sigh of relief after PTI calls off protest
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) supporters finally called off their four-day-long protest on Thursday after receiving flak from residents of the garrison city who had remained stranded in at their homes and traffic jams due to multiple blockades in the city.
The PTI workers had taken to the streets to protest the murder attempt on party chairman Imran Khan near Wazirabad last week, resulting in injuries to Mr Khan and a dozen other supporters along with the death of one party worker.
The protest which had paralysed life in Pindi had come under strong criticism from the residents of the city who reminded the PTI local leaders of their chairman’s slogans of “Riasat-i-Madina” and said the blocking of main roads was unjustified.
Punjab forms JIT to probe attack on Imran
The Punjab government on Thursday constituted a five-member joint investigation team to probe the assassination bid on PTI chief Imran Khan and the subsequent registration of the FIR in the case by the Wazirabad police.
Meanwhile, a sessions court in Wazirabad, where the incident occurred, sought a response from the local police while hearing a petition filed by the former ruling party challenging the FIR registered on the complaint of a sub-inspector which did not implicate the three high-profile suspects named by Imran Khan.
The JIT formed by the home department will be convened by DIG (Establishment-II), CPO Lahore, Tariq Rustam Chohan. It has four members: Dera Ghazi Khan Regional Police Officer Syed Khurram Ali; Ihsanullah Chohan, AIG/monitoring, investigation branch; Vehari District Police Officer Muhammad Zatar Buzdar, and CTD Lahore SP Naseebullah Khan. The JIT was formed by the Punjab Home Department at the request of Punjab Police chief Faisal Shahkar.
Imran calls on workers to end road blockades
PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry has said that he expected Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah to play a more “responsible role” considering he was on an “important post” in the government.
Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb has called PTI chairman Imran Khan’s allegations on PM Shehbaz and the other officials a tactic to “stay relevant”.
“Imran Khan’s speeches no more have any effect on the people because all he says are lies and allegations,” she said, according to the APP.
Aurangzeb added that the former premier was frustrated and bent upon creating chaos and anarchy in the country.
Nov 10, 2022 09:16pm
PM Shehbaz announces financial assistance for families of people killed during PTI long march
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has announced financial assistance worth Rs5 million each for the families of four people who lost their lives during PTI's long march.
"The prime minister, while expressing grief over the tragic deaths during the recent long march of a political party, has been pleased to announce financial assistance of Rs5 million each in favour of legal heirs of the deceased persons," a notification issued by the PM's Office said.
It added that the deceased identified as Moazzam Gondal, Sadaf Naeem, Samir Nawaz and Hassan Baloch.
GDA offers to mediate between govt and PTI ‘for sake of democracy’
The Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) has offered to mediate between the government and the opposition, keeping in view the “extremely serious” situation of the country.
GDA leaders Dr Safdar Ali Abbasi and Sardar Abdul Rahim presented the offer during a press conference at Functional House Clifton.
Dr Abbasi said that they had remained a part of PTI and had stood with them in good and bad times. He warned, “If the situation was not controlled, there could be a huge loss.”
“Pir Pagara Sahab was ready to mediate between the government and the opposition for the sake of democracy,” Rahim added.
Nov 10, 2022 06:53pm
WATCH: Imran asks CJP ‘important’ questions
PTI resumes long march to Islamabad from Wazirabad
The PTI resumed its long march to Islamabad from Wazirabad today with former minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi leading the marchers.
“Upon reaching Rawalpindi, PTI chairman Imran Khan will himself lead the convoy,” he said in a tweet.
Lahore, Peshawar motorways blocked by protesters: Islamabad police
PTI moves court against police officials in assassination bid on Imran
The PTI has filed a petition in the Wazirabad district and sessions court against police officials for non-registration of the first information report (FIR) and for delaying the complaint against the assassination attempt on Imran.
The petition was filed by Zubair Niazi — who stated himself to be an eyewitness of the shooting, “a close blood relative” of Imran Khan, and the general secretary of PTI for Lahore.
The petition, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, was filed against the station house-incharge and sub-inspector of the Wazirabad police station, Gujranwala complaint cell’s superintendent of police, Gujranwala city police officer, and Punjab inspector general police.
It called for an FIR to be registered “on the basis of actual and true events” instead of the “manipulated and doctored version” of the incident.
Nov 10, 2022 06:00pm
Imran vows to fight for freedom till ‘last breath’
Former premier Imran Khan has promised to fight for the “real freedom” of the country till his last breath.
In an address to supporters via video link today, he said that he won’t step back and urged the nation to join PTI’s long march. “You have to win the war for the country’s future.
“I can only try but you have to participate because the future is your and your children’s future,” he said, stating that he will receive PTI supporters from across the country in Rawalpindi.
Nov 10, 2022 05:54pm
'No trust in institutions': Imran calls on CJP to save the country
PTI chairman Imran Khan has claimed that the nation has lost trust in the institutions and all eyes were on the Supreme Court (SC) now.
"CJP, we are becoming a banana republic. You have to save the country. The nation has lost trust in institutions. You have to fix this because the country doesn't work without institutions," he said in an address today.
The former premier said that what was happening in Pakistan today was "unimaginable even in western societies".
"When will the country's law give us protection," Imran demanded, adding that the country's future "lies in the CJP's hands".
10th Nov, 5:47 PM
Imran urges CJP to probe FIR issue, Arshad Sharif killing, ‘custodial torture’ on Swati
PTI Chairman Imran Khan has urged Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial to look into the matters of the FIR of attack on his container, the murder of journalist Arshad Sharif as well as alleged custodial torture of PTI Senator Azam Swati.
“You have a big responsibility, the nation is looking at you,” Imran said as he directly addressed the chief justice in his video address. “An ex-prime minister cannot register an FIR. which is his right. There should be an investigation and then you will know who is the real culprit.”
“Chief Justice of Pakistan, I want you to take action. the nation is looking at you. Who was most bothered with Arshad Sharif’s writing? Who was so angry with him? CJP, only you can do it. The investigation agencies are in the hands of thieves. Who can trust these army officers?”
10th Nov, 5:32 PM
Imran addresses supporters as long march resumes in Wazirabad following attempt on his life
PTI Chairman Imran Khan is currently addressing his party supporters via a video link as his party’s long march resumes in Wazirabad.
Nov 10, 2022 05:54pm
Plan to assassinate me was made in September: Imran
PTI Chairman Imran Khan has said that the “plan” to assassinate him was made in September.
“This incident […] no, this planned assassination attempt … I want to clear that this plan was made in September,” he said while addressing long march participants through a video. “On Sep 24, I said in a public rally that this plan was formed and that they will blame a religious fanatic [for it].”
Imran reiterated his allegations against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Maj Gen Faisal Naseer, claiming that they had planned to pin his murder on a “religious fanatic”.
“They planned that if a religious fanatic kills Imran, the responsibility from them will go away,” he said.
10th Nov, 4:55 PM
People of Wazirabad come out in 'huge numbers'
You can’t scare us: Asad Umar
PTI leader Asad Umar, in an address to PTI supporters in Wazirabad today, said that no one could scare Imran Khan or his followers.
“Exactly a week from today, an attempt was made to take Imran Khan’s life […] but let me tell you today, it was not an attempt to take one man’s life, it was an attempt to silence the nation’s voice.”
‘We did not bow’: Qureshi addresses PTI supporters in Wazirabad
PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi, addressing the nation from Wazirabad, said that despite an assassination attempt, PTI didn’t bow or give up on its struggle for freedom.
PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi addresses supporters in Wazirabad on Thursday. — DawnNewsTV
“Today, we had the option to either stand behind the bullet proof glass or in front of it […] and we have chosen the latter […] we have decided to look you in the eye.
“We have decided to tell you that PTI didn’t bow and will never do it […] no matter what comes,” Qureshi told supporters.
10th Nov, 4:38 PM
Imran Khan to soon join PTI long march, says Qureshi
PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that party chairman Imran Khan would soon join his supporters in the long march to Islamabad.
“Today I want to give a clear message that the convoy of PTI is on the move. If you want to create a Pakistan of a new ideology, then you have to accompany Imran Khan,” he told marchers in Wazirabad.
Rana Sanaullah slams PTI protests
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has slammed the PTI for "bringing the lives of ordinary citizens to a halt" because of its protests.
In a tweet today, he called on PML-N leaders and other parliamentarians to play their role in helping people out of these difficulties.
PTI convoys start arriving in Wazirabad
PTI marchers from across the country have started arriving in Wazirabad, where former premier and party chairman Imran Khan was attacked last week.
Lahore Bar Association rejects FIR of Wazirabad attack
The Lahore Bar Association has rejected the first information report (FIR) of the Wazirabad attack and condemned the “biased” behaviour of the Punjab police.
It has called for an FIR which included the names taken by Imran.
Atta Tarar condemns arrest of PML-N leader
PML-N leader Atta Tarar strongly condemned the arrest of PML-N leader Imtiaz Bagri from Wazirabad.
He termed the arrest “unjustified, illegal and [an act of] political revenge” while also calling it “an attempt to scare and threaten party workers”.
He accused Imran of “looking for excuses to create conflict and civil war”.
Asad Umar departs from Lahore to reach Wazirabad
PTI’s Asad Umar announced in a tweet that he was departing from Lahore to go to Wazirabad for the long march.
Imran’s sons arrive in Pakistan
PTI chief Imran Khan’s sons, Suleiman and Qasim, have arrived in Pakistan to visit their father who is recovering from bullet injuries.
An update on the PTI’s Twitter around noon said they were on their way to Imran’s Zaman Park residence in Lahore.
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10th Nov, 1:38 PM
SEE: Long march roadmap
Justice Faez Isa condemns roadblocks, issues clarification on viral video
The Supreme Court’s (SC) Justice Qazi Faez Isa has condemned roadblocks in a clarification issued after a video of his reprimanding a man went viral on social media.
Justice Isa termed the blocking of roads a violation of fundamental rights of citizens and cited an SC judgement in this regard.
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