‘Defining moment’: Imran seeks judiciary’s help for early polls

Imran Khan, the chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, has called upon the judiciary to ensure that the Constitution is upheld and pave the way for elections in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

Addressing his supporters via video link from his Zaman Park residence in Lahore, Imran accused the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party of attacking judges in an attempt to delay the polls at any cost

His statement came shortly after PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz accused a "cabal of five" of being behind the ongoing political and economic crises in Pakistan

The group allegedly includes sitting and former Supreme Court judges and the former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief, General (retd) Faiz Hameed

In his address, Imran accused the PML-N of having a history of attacking and buying the loyalties of judges

He also alleged that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was controlling the caretaker setup in Punjab

Imran reminded the judiciary that the Constitution is clear about holding elections within 90 days following the dissolution of the assembly

He urged the judiciary to resist pressure from both establishment and “Sharif and Zardari mafia”

“This is a defining moment in the country’s history

Either the neutrals pressurise judiciary or these two mafia families Sharif and Zardari,” he said

Also read: Maryam accuses SC judges of supporting Imran after establishment abandoned him According to Imran, the only way to lift the country out of its current crisis is to hold elections

He also criticised the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and caretakers, claiming that they were taking orders from PML-N leaders and were against the PTI

Imran also hailed his party's "Jail Bharo Tehreek" (fill prison movement) and said that it shows that the PTI workers are not afraid of jails

He lamented that those who voluntarily presented themselves for arrests are being treated like criminals and being moved to different prisons in Punjab

The PTI chief criticised PM Shehbaz's statement that inflation would rise further due to an IMF deal, asking if the PM had any shame and if he had ever asked the public about how they are making ends meet

Imran said that if the PTI were not present in the country, the public would resort to violence, like protesters who ransacked the presidential palace in Sri Lanka due to an economic crisis

He maintained that the "court arrest" movement was against the economic meltdown and the incumbent government's attempts to delay polls




Date:24-Feb-2023 Reference:View Original Link