Newshub18 :The government is eager to destroy the popularity of Imran’s party.
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is on the rise. This was proved by the party’s victory in the by-elections of the Punjab Provincial Assembly. The government is eager to collapse that popularity. It is alleged that the government is harassing the PTI leaders in various ways to do this strategically. Apart from this, several leaders of PTI have alleged that the government is engaging in tactics to build a wall in the party’s relationship with the powerful army.
Imran Khan lost power after losing the trust vote last June. The next big challenge for Imran and his party was the by-election in Punjab province, the stronghold of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Imran’s party cornered the PML-N and Imran’s turn in politics became energised.
Experts say that the current popularity of PTI is the fear of the ruling party. Because, if the popularity of the party continues, Imran will pass the next general election very well and he will be able to form the government again. To prevent that, the government is trying to overcome PTI in various ways.
The Pakistan Election Commission (PEC) ruled on August 2 that the PTI had received money from illegal sources. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raza said in the wake of a case filed by PTI founder member Akbar S Babar that Pakistan’s opposition party PTI received funds from banned sources.However, PTI legislators and leaders-activists are referring to the Election Commission’s verdict as unconstitutional, undemocratic and biased. They protested against the Election Commission and its head. PTI demanded immediate resignation of CEC Sultan Raja.
Soon after the Election Commission’s verdict, former Prime Minister and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif called for legal action against Imran. Nawaz, convicted in a corruption case, is currently in London. Faiq Shah, chairman of Amun Taraki Party called for the removal of Imran’s party. The PML-N-led ruling coalition is also demanding that Imran’s party be banned from the polls.According to Pakistan’s Geo News, summons have been issued against several front-line leaders of PTI, including former Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser, Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri, for questioning on allegations of taking money from illegal sources.
However, Qasim Suri said that none of them will go to the FIA office as the Islamabad High Court has declared such summons illegal. Asad Qaiser appealed to the Lahore High Court against the summons. However, Pakistan’s Central Investigation Authority (FIA) started an investigation into PTI’s receipt of funds after the Election Commission’s verdict on Wednesday.The FIA has claimed that four officials working in the PTI Secretariat have received foreign funds in their personal and salary accounts. According to their report, the funds received by these officials were handed over to the finance manager of Imran Khan’s party. Earlier, the FIA formed a six-member team to investigate the matter.
Imran Khan has demanded early elections, but the ruling coalition is not willing to hold elections before next year. Many say that the government has targeted PTI leaders to suppress the election demands.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shahbaz Gill was taken into custody by the police last Tuesday. Police said he was arrested on charges of inciting people against state institutions. However, Imran Khan said that Gill was not arrested, but “abducted”.
Imran Khan alleged that the coalition government is conspiring to pit his party against the army. He said everything is being done to break PTI. Because PTI has the largest vote bank in the country right now both at the central and provincial levels. For this they have used the ‘Foreign Fund’ case before you as the first strategy. However, the government denied these allegations and said that PTI dismissed all the allegations as fabricated. The government has claimed that all steps are being taken in accordance with the law