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Islamabad DC, administration ‘endangering’ Imran’s life: Umar

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ISLAMABAD:

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) General Secretary Asad Umar on Friday accused the deputy commissioner (DC) of Islamabad of trying to endanger the life of party chief Imran Khan by barring him from travelling to Islamabad via helicopter.

On Thursday, the Islamabad district administration refused to grant permission to the deposed premier to land his helicopter at the Parade Ground for November 26 Faizabad rally.

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Talking to the media at the Allama Iqbal Park, Umar stated that the DC had to take responsibility and asked what “instructions” were being given to him.

He maintained that if something happened to Imran, the federal government would be responsible, and the DC Islamabad would be “directly responsible”.

He asserted that Imran’s helicopter will land at the Parade Ground, and questioned who the DC was when the army General Headquarters (GHQ) had given the PTI chief permission to use a chopper for travel.

Read ‘No objections’ to Imran using helicopter: GHQ

He stated that Imran will soon announce the action plan for tomorrow (Saturday) evening and all arrangements were completed for whatever the party chief would announce. Umar furthered that a tent city was under construction in Allama Iqbal Park.

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The PTI leader claimed that Imran had been advised to rest but wanted to stay among the nation.

“The cricket matches will not be threatened by the PTI sit-in,” he assured, referring to the upcoming matches between Pakistan and England.

Umar also took to his official Twitter handle to reiterate the claim that the Islamabad administration was “deliberately” trying to increase the threat to Imran Khan’s life

He maintained that the capital administration had given no reason for denying permission because there could be no reason.

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PTI submits another application

The PTI submitted another application before the Islamabad administration today, seeking permission to land the chopper carrying Imran Khan to the Parade Ground.

The Islamabad admin is yet to take a decision.





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Khosa invites Imran to parliament after COAS issue ‘resolved’

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Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) senior leader and former Punjab governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa urged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday to return to the parliament now that all rumours and perceptions have come to an end after Lt. Gen Asim Munir’s appointment as the new Chief of the Army Staff (COAS).

Talking to The Express Tribune, the former governor stressed that all political issues must be resolved with political wisdom, asking the former prime minister to become a part of the parliament keeping all “irrelevant” issues aside.

Referring to the army, Khosa said “our institution is our strength”. “It is an omen of fairness and merit that no one [political party] in the country has an objection over the appointments of the top military leadership,” the PPP leader maintained.

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He further guaranteed that the armed forces will not intervene in politics as they claim to have decided not to do.

The former governor urged political leaders to now sit together and resolve their political issues.

“We should also put an end to hate in all political camps. The state cannot afford such hate and grudges. We should sincerely come forward to join hands for the betterment of the country and its people, facing huge problems,” Khosa added.

Responding to a query as to why the federal government was allowing the PTI’s long march to enter Islamabad, Khosa responded that “we need to bid farewll to the politics of sit ins, and instead sit together”. He added that such activities have never achieved fruitful results.

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“Everyone saw how earlier the Chinese president’s visit was cancelled, and now Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s visit has also been cancelled. CPEC projects and the economy in general has been disturbed a lot,” he said.

“London’s cricket team is arriving in Pakistan. Where will Pakistan stand if the team cancels its visit owing to the uncertain situation in the country? There is a threat of an untoward incident occurring that cannot be ignored,” Khosa further said.

Lawmakers from the former ruling party had resigned en masse from the National Assembly on April 11, following the ouster of Imran as the premier through a no-confidence motion.

Since then, the PTI chief has repeatedly said that his party will not go back to the National Assembly.

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Sana urges provinces to ‘prevent unconstitutional acts’

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ISLAMABAD:

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Friday said that the federal and provincial governments must vow to “prevent unconstitutional acts” as he chaired a special meeting ahead of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) long march toward the capital demanding early elections.

The minister stressed that “it is the constitutional responsibility of the provincial governments to stop a political party’s illegal treading onto the federal capital”.

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“Chief secretaries should ensure that no government employee becomes part of any initiative or plan to attack the federation,” he added.

Read Imran to be allowed into Islamabad if he assures peace: Sanaullah

The meeting participants provided assurances of full compliance with the Constitution and the law in the event of a possible attack on the federation.

It may be noted that the meeting was attended by Minister of State for Interior Abdul Rehman Kanju, Federal Secretary Interior Yousuf Naseem Khokhar, Punjab Home Department, acting inspector general of police (IGP) Punjab, IG Islamabad and chief commissioner Islamabad as well as representatives of security agencies. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) IGP Moazzam Jah and chief secretary also participated in the meeting via video link.

Yesterday, the Islamabad district administration had refused to grant permission to PTI Chairman and former premier Imran Khan to land his helicopter at the Parade Ground for November 26 Faizabad rally.

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The federal government has also extended the implementation of Section 144 in the federal capital for another two months. The district magistrate has issued a notification in this regard.

Earlier in the day, the army General Headquarters (GHQ) had informed the former ruling party that it had no objection to the landing and taking off of a helicopter, which would carry the PTI chief from Lahore to Islamabad, saying the party should approach the Capital Development Authority (CDA) or the federal government as the ground was under their jurisdiction.

Read More PTI granted permission for Faizabad sit-in

Lieutenant Colonel Rao Farman Ali issued the no objection letter to PTI’s Additional General Secretary Omar Ayub, stating that the “General Headquarters has no objection to the request for placement of helicopter subject to clearance by concerned authorities”.

Talking to the media at the Allama Iqbal Park today, PTI General Secretary Asad Umar stated that DC Islamabad had to take responsibility and asked what “instructions” were being given to him.

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He maintained that if something happened to Imran, the federal government would be responsible, and the DC Islamabad would be “directly responsible”.

He asserted that Imran’s helicopter will land at the Parade Ground, and questioned who the DC was when the GHQ had given the PTI chief permission to use a chopper for travel.





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Nawaz to return before year end, says Khawaja Asif

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ISLAMABAD:

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will return to Pakistan before the end of 2022.

While addressing the National Assembly, the defence minister said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) protests had violated people’s rights, adding that everyone had the right to protest but the limits of the Constitution and law should not be crossed.

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He said that no development work was done during the past four years under the PTI government, and the incumbent government had explained these circumstances to the people.

Asif also said that the government withdrew money from other sectors and gave it to the flood victims who were undergoing great difficulties due to cold winter nights.

The minister maintained that the federal and provincial governments should provide assistance to disaster victims without discrimination and that the government was not acting on political priorities.

Read Nawaz wants a ‘yes-man’ as COAS, claims Imran

Earlier this week, Asif said former premier Imran Khan should not “target” the institutions that “supported him unconditionally” during the last four years, adding that the chief of the former ruling party could not deliver despite the assistance extended to him.

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“After 75 years, we are at a point where we can say that all the institutions are playing their constitutional role. These institutions extended ‘unconditional support’ to Imran Khan,” he said.

“He (Imran) should not attack these institutions but rather should be ashamed of himself that despite their assistance he could not perform.”





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