Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar offer to lead ‘Jail Bharo’ movement tomorrow


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senior Vice-President Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday said that top party leaders, including Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Asad Umar, offered to surrender themselves along with 200 party workers tomorrow (Wednesday) to kickstart 'Jail Bharo Tehreek' — also known as court arrest movement.

PTI Vice Chairman Qureshi and PTI Secretary General Umar “insisted” on surrendering before the police in the first phase of the movement; however, the party leadership has decided to move forward with a unanimous approach, Fawad announced during a press conference flanked by former economic minister Hammad Azhar in Lahore.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan had announced the movement earlier this month after apparently running out of options to press the Pakistan Democratic Movement-led government to stop it from “political victimisation”.

In the wake of sedition cases filed against his party leaders including Chaudhry, Azam Swati and Shahbaz Gill, the PTI chief on February 4 announced "Jail Bharo Tehreek".

Chaudhry said that Khan has directed the party to kickstart preparations for the upcoming elections. He urged the PTI’s candidates to launch election campaigns in their respective constituencies.

Referring to Khan’s appearance before the Lahore High Court (LHC) a day earlier, Fawad said that the way the workers welcomed the PTI chairman has triggered uneasiness among the Pakistan Democratic Movement-led government.

PTI Lahore chapter President Imtiaz Shaikh announced that former Punjab governor Omer Sarfraz Cheema, Waleed Iqbal, Murad Raas, Muhammad Khan Madni, and Fawad Rasool, accompanied by 200 workers will voluntarily surrender themselves to the authorities in the metropolis tomorrow.

Jail Bharo Tehreek” will begin from Lahore's Charing Cross at 2pm, he added.

Hammad Azhar lambasts govt for bulldozing 'mini-budget'

Speaking on the occasion, Azhar lashed out at the coalition government over the Finance (Supplementary) Bill 2023.

A day earlier, the National Assembly unanimously approved the government’s much-needed ‘mini-budget’ — a move mandatory for seeking a $1.1 billion tranche of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan.

Reacting to the move, the former finance minister said that bill was bulldozed through the NA against the law and the Constitution. Slamming Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, the PTI leader said that he brought the country to the verge of economic collapse.

He termed the IMF deal “a tactic to avoid default”. Azhar criticised the ruling alliance over rising inflation in the country.

“Immediate elections are the sole solution to instability,” the PTI leader claimed and urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to announce a date for the polls.

Amid rising inflation, economic disaster, violation of the Constitution, and torture of PTI workers, the party has no other option but to resort to court arrest, said Azhar.


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