Pakistan’s Punjab government approves registration of more cases against Imran Khan

Pakistan’s Punjab government approves registration of more cases against Imran Khan


Lahore, May 24 (PTI): The cabinet of Pakistan’s Punjab government on Friday gave approval to registration of more cases against incarcerated former prime minister Imran Khan and his party men for inciting hate against the state institutions especially the Pakistan Army.

“The Punjab Cabinet of Maryam Nawaz has approved legal action against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) founder leader Imran Khan and his other party leaders for building hate-narrative against the state institutions,” Punjab Information Minister Azma Bokhari told a press conference after the cabinet meeting on Friday evening.

The minister said Imran Khan is trying to become Mujeebur Rehman (of Bangladesh). She said those who meet Khan in Adiala Jail Rawalpindi also follow him in spreading hate against the institutions.

The Punjab government is likely to book Khan and his close associates for writing an article in a British newspaper on a complaint of a journalist, she said.

The 71-year-old former cricketer-turned-politician has been in jail since August last year in a number of cases. Khan is facing around 200 cases.

Khan early this month wrote in The Telegraph alleging the military establishment, under direct guidance of Gen Asim Munir, the chief of army staff, tried every tactic to decimate his party’s presence from the political environment of Pakistan but failed.

“The oppression, torture and denial of our election symbol have been extensively documented, but nothing has worked for the military and the powerless civilian leadership acting as its puppets. Pakistan’s general elections on February 8 2024, showed the utter failure of their design. With no single electoral symbol in a country where the vast majority of voters are guided by a party symbol, the people came out and voted overwhelmingly for candidates supported by my party, the PTI, despite standing as ‘independents’ with a host of diverse symbols.” Khan further said this democratic revenge by the people of Pakistan against the agenda of the military establishment not only was a national defiance by the people but also a complete rejection of the official state narrative of May 9 2023, when PTI supporters were falsely accused – as a pretext for a crackdown – of attacking military installations.

“Instead of accepting the people’s mandate, the military establishment went into a fit of rage and electoral results were manipulated to bring into power the losers. The constitutional functioning of state institutions must be restored, military establishment has done all they could against me. All that is left for them is to now murder me. I have stated publicly that if anything happens to me or my wife, Gen Asim Munir will be responsible. But I am not afraid because my faith is strong. I would prefer death over slavery,” Khan said. PTI MZ AMS

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