18th August 2023 News Headlines
A summary of today's important and breaking news regarding PTI and the country that the mainstream media of Pakistan will never show you.
- Despite Chairman of Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan being in custody, the decision-makers, fearful of his rising popularity, have officially announced not to hold the 2023 elections.According to the ongoing schedule of the Election Commission, work on new constituencies will begin in September, which may not be completed until December, making elections this year unlikely. The Election Commission had also used the same excuse before the Supreme Court in April 2022.
- It has been fourteen days since the Chairman Tehreek-e-Insaf and former Prime Minister, Imran Khan, was unlawfully incarcerated through a contentious ruling. Imran Khan continues to be denied essential amenities and is also barred from meeting his legal team. Their ignobility can be seen in the fact that they haven’t even given Imran Khan a shaving kit. Despite the challenging circumstances, Imran Khan's resolve remains unwavering. His resolute commitment indicates that he is unwilling to make concessions regarding the genuine freedom of the nation.
- The press release issued by the Pakistan Bar Council strongly condemns the decision of the Election Commission to postpone the elections. The press release further states that the Election Commission must ensure the elections within 90 days, otherwise lawyers will initiate a movement.
- Strong condemnation is being voiced from all sides regarding the Election Commission's issued schedule. In this context, a petition has also been filed in the Peshawar High Court. The petition states, “The Election Commission's press release is in violation of the Constitution and the Supreme Court's decision. The action should be declared null and void”.
- Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has rejected the issued schedule of the Election Commission and has also announced their intention to file a petition in the Supreme Court against the decisions of the Council of Common Interests. Salman Akram Raja will represent Tehreek-e-Insaf's case.
- Hearing against the confinement case of Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Chaudhry Pervez Elahi's was heard in the Lahore High Court upon request. Pervaiz Elahi's lawyer, Aamir Saeed Raan, presented arguments. Former Chief Minister of Punjab Pervaiz Elahi's lawyer requested the court to declare Pervaiz Elahi's confinement as unlawful. The court, while postponing the proceedings until August 22, has also sought a report from the jail superintendent regarding the detention of Pervaiz Elahi for one and a half days before his confinement and has also requested clarification on his custody during the period.
- Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's leader, Firdous Shamim Naqvi, who has been unlawfully arrested since May 9, announced that he will not seek bail until Chairman Imran Khan is released. He stated that he stands firmly with Imran Khan.
- NAB had filed a request for the revocation of Maryam Nawaz's bail in 2019, which has now been scheduled for a hearing four years later. The hearing is set to take place in the Supreme Court on August 22. Maryam Nawaz is a convicted criminal in a fraud case.
- Chairman of Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan, had filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the NAB Amendments, which was heard today under Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandial. Chief Justice stated that this case is very important, and he intends to deliver the verdict before his retirement. He also ordered both parties to present conclusive evidence in the next hearing. The hearing has been adjourned for 10 days.
- Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Farrukh Habib has revealed in his tweet that ‘The son of former Finance Minister of Punjab and former member of the National Assembly, Mohsin Leghari, was abducted and subjected to violence. Pressure is being exerted to force him to release a video of leaving the party. This injustice and brutality must come to an end. The country is suffering from the darkness of unchecked power and lawlessness of an ill governed state.
- Despite his claims, Ishaq Dar, a criminal-at-large, after wreaking havoc on the economy, has returned to his home country, Britain. However, the value of the Pakistani rupee continues to decline, and today there has been an increase of 85 paisa in the dollar's value. As a result, interbank trading is currently taking place at 295 rupees and 85 paisa per US dollar.
- In Lahore city, the price of sugar could not be controlled, and in the retail market, sugar is being sold at 160 rupees per kilogram. Sugar is being sold at exorbitant rates in the city. A 100-kilogram bag of sugar is being sold for 15,200 rupees, up from 15,000 rupees. The price of sugar at sugar mills has risen from 14,200 to 14,400 rupees per 100 kilograms. In the past, Imran Khan had kept the price at 85 rupees per kilogram.