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PTI Shifts Protest Strategy, Emphasizing Parliamentary Route

April 4, 2024 8:11 am

PTI Shifts Protest Strategy, Emphasizing Parliamentary Route

Amidst growing tensions and political maneuvering, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has announced a shift in its protest strategy, opting for a parliamentary route rather than disruptive demonstrations. PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan clarified the party’s stance during a press conference in Islamabad, stating that while they plan to protest alongside opposition allies, they aim to uphold democratic norms by utilizing parliamentary channels.

In discussions with reporters, Barrister Gohar outlined PTI’s approach, highlighting ongoing talks with various opposition parties including Majlis Wahdat Muslimeen, PkMAP, Jamaat-i-Islami, BNP-Mengal, and JUI-F. Despite concerns over the legitimacy of the current government’s mandate, PTI emphasizes the importance of peaceful protests within designated areas with official permissions.

Responding to queries regarding potential hurdles, Barrister Gohar assured that PTI intends to conduct intermittent peaceful protests across the nation, maintaining a disciplined approach. While expressing the desire for all governments to complete their tenures, he underscored the lack of a perceived public mandate for the incumbent rulers.

Meanwhile, PTI’s Central Information Secretary Raoof Hasan addressed concerns regarding Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa’s involvement in a recent judicial matter. Hasan demanded the CJP’s recusal from the bench dealing with a letter from six high court judges, citing a perceived conflict of interest following the CJP’s meeting with the prime minister. Hasan accused the CJP of complicating proceedings and potentially undermining the judiciary’s independence.

In addition to these political developments, PTI raised alarm over alleged threats to Bushra Bibi, wife of PTI founding chairman Imran Khan, and her deteriorating health condition. Former chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan Khalid Khurshid criticized authorities for denying medical examination facilities to Bushra Bibi and demanded immediate action to address her health concerns.

Amidst these complex dynamics, PTI’s recalibrated approach signals a nuanced strategy aimed at navigating Pakistan’s political landscape while upholding democratic principles and pressing for accountability.

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