Controversy continues in Pakistan between arrest-release and protests, read 10 big points of the tussle between Imran Khan and the government
Last week, during the hearing on Imran Khan’s bail plea, the Chief Justice told him – ‘It was nice meeting you’. He is being criticized a lot by Pakistani leaders for this.
After the arrest of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, there has been a huge upheaval in the country. Meanwhile, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has also come under attack from the ruling coalition party after terming Imran’s arrest as illegal and giving him relief. At the same time, the government has also resolved to take action against those who caused damage to government institutions in the protests against Imran’s arrest.
Imran Khan was arrested by Rangers outside the Islamabad High Court last Tuesday, triggering unrest in the country that continued till Friday. In the meantime, there have been several deaths and protesters have damaged military and state installations. According to Pakistani media, Imran Khan’s bail has been extended till June 8. Read below 10 big points related to the tussle between Imran Khan and the government-
- Pakistan’s Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial is under target of the government after being cordial with Imran Khan. Last week, during the hearing on Imran Khan’s bail plea, the Chief Justice told him – ‘It was nice meeting you’. He is being criticized a lot by Pakistani leaders for this. Justice Bandial defended himself, saying that is how he talks to anyone, reports Dawn. He said that he has respect for everyone and everyone should be respected.
- A resolution to set up a five-member committee was passed in the Parliament of Pakistan on Monday. The committee will prepare cases against Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial for misconduct and deviating from oath in the Supreme Judicial Council.
- Imran Khan accused the agency’s men of damaging government establishments and blamed his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party. Earlier, top officials of the Pakistan Army had vowed to take action against those who attacked military installations under the Pak Army Act and Official Secrets Act.
- Former Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for renewed protests to save the Supreme Court and the Constitution of Pakistan. “All citizens get ready for a peaceful protest as once again the Constitution and the Supreme Court have been destroyed and this is the end of Pakistan’s dream,” he said on Twitter.
- Top officials of the Pakistan Army yesterday resolved to bring to justice those involved in causing damage to military installations under various laws. A special Corps Commanders’ Conference, chaired by Army Chief General Asim Munir at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, also resolved that there would be no mercy against criminals who attack military installations. This was stated in a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the army.
- On the other hand, Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi has been granted bail till May 23 by a Lahore court in the Al-Qadir Trust case. Imran Khan was also arrested in this case. During this, Imran Khan also went to Lahore High Court with his wife. He had expressed apprehension that the government was planning to arrest his wife.
- The ruling Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) is holding a peaceful protest at the Supreme Court premises. He called Imran Khan on Monday to protest against the alleged unfair treatment of the judiciary. PDM President Maulana Fazlur Rehman made this announcement while addressing a large number of people participating in the dharna.
- Amid ongoing turmoil in Pakistan, the United States supports freedom of speech without violence and reiterates that a strong, stable and prosperous Pakistan is critical to its relationship. State Department Deputy Spokesman Vedant Patel said, “We believe that people should have the freedom to express themselves, but do so without engaging in any violence.
- The Islamabad High Court today extended Imran Khan’s bail till June 8 in two corruption cases. These cases pertain to leveling of allegations against top officials and assault of PML-N leader Mohsin Ranjha by PTI workers.
- According to a report in Pakistan’s Express Tribune, the country has lost more than 2.49 billion Pakistani rupees due to the shutdown of mobile internet and social media in the country following the May 9 violence following the arrest of Imran Khan. Due to this, online education, trade and e-commerce were also disrupted.